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Help sought as Lincoln Heights employees clash with folks experiencing homelessness

Groups like Illumination Foundation provide services for unhoused residents
Braylin Collins, Community News Reporter September 26, 2021

Of the long list of improvements Lincoln Heights residents are seeking for their community — rent stabilization, more affordable housing, better parking — none seem to be more urgent for some than...

A woman sits in front of the El Monte Access Center located on Santa Anita in El Monte, California on Sept. 14, 2021. Photo by Victoria Ivie

Will homelessness increase as eviction moratorium ends and COVID-19 funding dries up?

Officials say long-term solutions require understanding between housed and unhoused residents
Victoria Ivie, Community News Reporter September 26, 2021

A silver lining for Los Angeles residents during the pandemic has been the moratorium on evictions: Even while their lives were being upended by jobs and other losses, working-class families could still...

A road with a building along it - Tweety Blvd. (Oscar Torres/UT)

South Gate: Where the lights are as almost as old the city itself

Residents hope officials can help improve lights, parking and traffic
Oscar Torres, Community News Reporter September 24, 2021

South Gate residents love the area for its rich history: The city will be 100 years old in just over one year. What they don’t like is the infrastructure, some of which is nearly as old. Among...

Image shows Cal State LA dorms.

Student Housing East has become the ‘college experience’ for freshman and sophomores

Genesis Gonzalez, Reporter September 23, 2021

Cal State LA freshmen and sophomores looking forward to the college experience are brought together by the new dorms. “It is a home away from home,” said Danae Rodriguez Castro, a criminal justice...

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Displacements divide Echo Park: ‘We are fighting against each other’

Echo Park and Silver Lake residents say recent raids highlight need for long-term solutions, impact of Olympics
Genesis Gonzalez, Community News Reporter March 27, 2021

Echo Park residents say the homeless encampment evictions this week represent a bitter stew that has been simmering for years and boiled over during the pandemic. Contributing to the shutdown, they...

Budget Inn over Valley Blvd. in El Monte is blocked off due to its remodeling. Photo Credit-Ronald Cruz, UT Community News Reporter

Delays in El Monte’s emergency housing program leave residents out in the cold

Ronald Cruz, Community News Reporter March 22, 2021

Some El Monte residents waiting for relief from the homelesses crisis will be waiting a little longer than expected for help. The city received $17.7 million from the state’s Homekey program on Nov....

FEMA personnel gather in the parking lot in front of LACHSA at Cal State L.A. in preparation for the federal vaccination site that is set to open soon.

Medical experts move in to administer vaccine rollout

University relocates Cal State LA students allowing deployed medical personnel a place to stay
Marisa Martinez, Audio Editor February 15, 2021

Update: March 1, 2021 @ 6:05 p.m. As the nearly year-long pandemic continues, the Cal State LA campus is once again buzzing with a significant number of people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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El Monte residents torn on new developments

Revenue from new businesses and housing is needed but traffic and parking problems are not
Zoe Little, Community News Reporter January 16, 2021

Bringing in new businesses and housing developments is vital for the growth of any city but some El Monte residents feel they are losing the city they call home in the process. City officials have worked...

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Mariachi Plaza development planning gets extension

Metro needs more time to analyze the project, ensure it will work
Jathniel Coronado, Community News Reporter January 15, 2021

At a virtual meeting on Dec. 3, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority unanimously approved a 6-month extension on its agreement with the East LA Community Corporation, which is planning...

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 More affordable housing on the way in Alhambra

Expanding affordable housing options dominates recent city council meetings
Vanessa Wyatt, Community News Editor December 4, 2020

Alhambra is taking action to offer residents more affordable housing. Last month, it approved an agreement with nonprofit housing developers American Family Housing and National Community Renaissance...

Screenshot of housing presentation demonstrating the site plan for the Legacy Apartments.

Some South Gate residents sound the alarm on proposed housing project

Concerns include rental prices and possible contamination
Tahiti Salinas, Community News Reporter November 16, 2020

To build apartments that are higher density than normally allowed, developers in the city of South Gate can agree to provide affordable housing. Gonzales-Goodale Architects and Newport Ventures did...

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