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Boyle Heights - Quality of Life Plan - Reassessment

Quality of Life Plan - Update - Boyle Heights

Vernon-Central - Quality of Life Plan - Reassessment

Quality of Life Plan - Update - Vernon-Central


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Central Avenue Corridor

Central Avenue MapThe Central Avenue Corridor holds historical significance as the place where African Americans settled in Los Angeles at the turn of the 20th Century, creating a professional working-class neighborhood populated by black-owned businesses. The Avenue was also established as the cultural hub, most renowned for its role in jazz history from the 1920’s to 1950’s, and is home to cultural landmarks such as the Historic 28th Street YMCA and the Dunbar Hotel.

Today, the Corridor is home to a mix of African American merchants and businesses established by the emerging Latino population. While the corridor is home to a diverse cultural mix; decades of neglect have diminished its vibrancy and led to a reduction in employment opportunities, substandard housing stock, inferior shopping districts and limited services.

According to the 2000 US Census; the following zip code 90011 average area median family income was $23, 851 compared to the HUD area median income of $52,100 for the County of Los Angeles for that same year.  Poverty rates between the ages 18 to 64 is 51.10%.  Residents that speak English are 19.2%, while 79.7% speak Spanish and 1.10% speaks Indo-European, Asian or Pacific Island languages.  The Hispanic/Latino Americans represents 85.76% of the total population of 101,770 in the 90011 zip code area and 12.60% of the residents are African American.  Homeownership in this area is a little less than 27% which is below the average of 39% for the rest of Los Angeles and 73% of the population are renters.  Gang violence and drug use stereotype the area where many residents do not remain for long periods adding to the general instability of the environment.  

The Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) is featured in a video sponsored by Youth Build USA that has been distributed Nationally on effective strategies working with gang involved youth.  CRCD was selected for their effective model in working with young people in South Los Angeles and our DOL South LA Youth Build partnership with Los Angeles Trade Tech Community College and Vernon-Central community based groups.

CRCD featured in video on Effective Strategies for dealing with Gang-Involved Youth

  • The first two videos are:
    Organizational Framework:  Fundamentals of assessing your program when working with gang-exposed youth,The Basics- Part 1 and Part 2.
  • The third one is:
    Organizational Framework: Providing a Safe Environment:  Effective safety protocols when working with gang-exposed youth

Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD). 

The Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) is a neighborhood-based community development corporation in the Vernon-Central neighborhood of South Los Angeles.  CRCD serves a 15 square mile area immediately south of downtown Los Angeles east of the 110 Harbor Freeway, with a focus on the Vernon-Central Avenue corridor. 

CRCD has a unique focus on young people age 17-25, and collaborates actively with residents, businesses, community-based organizations, civic leaders, and the local community college to improve the quality of life in Vernon-Central.  Founded in 2005, CRCD’s mission is to better sustain, coordinate, and improve local planning, development, and community services that address the needs of low-income residents and small businesses in South Los Angeles.  The Los Angeles Conservation Corps provided fiscal sponsorship from 2005 to 2006, and still serves as a mentor to CRCD.

CRCD leads initiatives to foster a safe and economically vibrant neighborhood – a place where young people can thrive and contribute to neighborhood revitalization.  With effective partnerships, CRCD promotes public safety and civic pride; trains and hires unemployed youth to remove graffiti and beautify the neighborhood; engages young people in education, training, and career-building; builds permanent supportive housing for transition-age youth including former foster youth and other low-income residents; and strengthens small businesses to promote economic growth.

CRCD also serves as lead agency for Los Angeles LISC Sustainable Communities Initiative in the Central Avenue Corridor, which is a community-driven process to improve the Quality-of-Life over 5 years.

Coalition for Responsible Community Development - $250,000

Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) is the lead agency for the Vernon-Central community, one of LA LISC’s target neighborhoods.  CRCD has been in existence since 2005 and has proven to be a cornerstone community based organization in the area.  LA LISC provided CRCD with a $250,000 working capital line of credit in order to help fund the expenses associated with the increase in contract revenue from public agency contracts.  

Impact of LISC Loan through the support of CRCD:

Works with approx. 400 per/yr in workforce development program
20 adults in transitional employment programs
71 businesses in the Central Avenue Business Association
Graffiti removal for 4,500 requests
146 jobs created for young adults
20 jobs created for adults

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