“Getting engaged in civic leadership can be extremely daunting, especially in a city as large and diverse as Los Angeles, which makes this work by United Parents and Green Dot all the more important.”
- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
“When you have an organization that brings people together, especially parents for a school, you can have a huge impact.”
- Philip Tingirides, Commander, South Bureau Los Angeles Police Department
“As an active community member and a parent, I lead by example. Every day, I make decisions that impact other people, people who are related to me, and people who are not...I have to nurture my sons and my community by being open and approachable. I need to listen and come up with viable solutions to situations, both inside my home and outside.”
- Marco Diaz, United Parents Leader
“I feel that it is very important for other parents to get involved because we all have concerns about what's happening at our child's school and this is one way to come together and discuss our concerns and try to make positive changes.I would like to continue my work and improve the economic and social development of my community.”
-Vickey Vaughn, United Parents Leader
“Organizing has enriched my family’s life for the better, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity and hope to be a part of UP...Being part of the United Parents Delegates Assembly at the Los Angeles Convention Center was a pivotal point in this amazing journey into community organizing, I have learned so much in the last two years.”
-Keisha Mitchell, United Parents leader
“I just want the parents to know that they can make the difference in simply being involved in their children’s educational process...If I could encourage every parent to know the importance of what their involvement, their voice and their mere presence could make on the success of their child as a student, this would be a better world.”
-Manika Glasper, Fairley High School parent leader
“It’s inspiring to be able to provide parents with information and to spend time with them figuring out ways to support their children...I want parents to know we want to see their children succeed and that we want the parents here at the school. This is their school too.”
-Animo Ralph Bunche Principal Nancy Padilla-Flores
United Parents and Students is committed to organizing to protect existing affordable housing, limit rent increases, and create new affordable housing. Here we have compiled a few resources that we have found helpful in understanding tenant rights, finding housing, and locating support with housing and eviction issues.
CITY HOUSING RESOURCES:
- Search for Affordable Housing in the City of Los Angeles (Free Hotline: 877-428-8844).
- Resources for tenants facing eviction, seeking homeless shelters and emergency housing, and/or needing legal assistance.
City of Los Angeles Rent Control:
- Find out if your property falls under the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (Rent control) here.
- Tenants in Rent Stabilization Ordinance buildings enjoy protections from certain kinds of evictions and from excessive rent increases. This guide book helps answer questions many tenants have about maximum rent increases, reasons for legal eviction, and how to handle issues that may come up.
- One-stop services for low-income families. Services include case management, tutoring, parenting classes, financial literacy/budgeting, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), computer and ESL classes, and other unique services and referrals. Phone: 866-557-7368
COUNTY HOUSING RESOURCES:
- List and locate housing in the County of Los Angeles, including affordable, special needs, emergency housing, and more.
- Support from a bilingual toll-free call center is available at 1-877-428-8844, Mondays – Fridays from 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Learn about maximum rent increases and whether where you live qualifies
- Learn about “just cause” for evictions
- Receive support if a landlord is not in compliance with the law
- Visit the website or call (833) 223-RENT (7368) or email Rent@dcba.lacounty.gov.
- Guide includes: Rights and Responsibilities of Tenants, How to answer an eviction notice, Notice of rent increases, How to get free legal help, Help with food, shelter, money, etc.
- Homeless Shelters and Emergency Housing
- State and Federal Resources
- Special Needs and Permanent Supportive Housing
- Senior Housing
- Tenant Rights, Fair Housing and Legal Assistance
CALIFORNIA’S NEW TENANT PROTECTION ACT (AB1482):
- Learn about new state-wide rent caps and eviction protections at the Alliance for Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE).
- AB1482 Tenant Advocacy Tool Kit created by Tenants Together supports tenants in understanding the new law and whether they are covered, and provides sample letters to landlords.
CITY AND COUNTY HOUSING RESOURCES- INCLUDING LEGAL:
- Provides residents within the Los Angeles and Ventura Counties with free housing discrimination investigation, enforcement and impact litigation, outreach and public education, and landlord-tenant counseling: (800) 477-5977.
- List of Legal Help for Tenants, including free representation in eviction actions.
- Provides low-income Los Angeles residents free legal services for housing and homelessness related issues, particularly: slum housing, eviction defense, homeless veterans, public benefits, HIV/AIDS Legal Assistance.
- Resources for individuals and households experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.
- Weekly Tenant Clinic that provides free education and assistance for community residents. Assist residents with questions about tenant rights, assist in filing habitability complaints, and provide support with resolving disputes with landlords. Tuesdays 4-7pm at 152 W. 32nd Los Angeles, CA 90007.
Active Community Initiatives
In 2017, United Parents and Students launched a food justice campaign to ensure all families, regardless of their zip code, can access healthy, edible food in their local grocery store. In stark contrast to grocery stores in higher-income communities (sometimes even by the same chain), families had witnessed unsanitary and unjust conditions in their local stores, including the prevalence of rotting, expired food, poor customer service, and a lack of healthy options. In response, United Parents and Students began the food justice campaign to hold grocery stores and public officials accountable for food quality in Los Angeles.
As a first step, parents, students, and community members worked with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council to develop a report card based on a series of standards that outline acceptable grocery store practices. While the Department of Public Health currently grades grocery stores, the department primarily assesses temperature control and baby formula expiration dates, and does not account for rotting produce, meat, or dairy products, nor cleanliness of the facility. The report card developed by United Parents and Students grades stores based on factors including the variety of produce offered, percentage of produce that is edible, expiration dates of products, and workers rights policies, among other factors. Stores that meet the standards earn a United Parents and Students Certified Store of Excellence seal to alert community members to its high quality. The ultimate goal of the report card is not only to incentivize grocery stores to maintain high-quality food and facilities, but to demonstrate to city and county officials how a similar program could be implemented.
UPAS volunteers and organizers then arrived, unannounced, at 15 different grocery stores to evaluate their products and facilities based on the report card. In June, 2018, parents and students awarded Grocery Outlet Inglewood (2810 W Imperial) with the first Certified Store of Excellence Seal, for exceeding expectations set by the report card, and celebrated with a shopping day. In November of that year, UPAS also certified Northgate Gonzalez Food Market (944 Slauson) as a Certified Store of Excellence. Volunteers and organizers have also worked extensively with the supermarket chain Numero Uno in response to community concerns regarding food quality at the S. Figueroa location. After meeting with the store manager to try to address the issues, parents and students were able to leverage a meeting in March 2019 with Doug Minor, the president of the chain, to demand changes be implemented. Volunteers and organizers have seen strong improvements and will continue to monitor the store.
In response to UPAS organizing, LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis proposed the Improving Supermarket Quality motion to the Board of Supervisors on July 16, 2019. The motion calls for the Department of Public Health to assess grocery store inspection practices and provide recommendations on how to address food quality issues that also overlap with food safety issues, and to identify opportunities for partnership to improve access to high quality, fresh foods in underserved communities. The motion was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and the Department of Public Health will report back to the board in 60 days with their findings and recommendations. UPAS is currently working with the Department of Public Health to shape their recommendations.
Get Involved: Community Organizing Institutes
The Community Organizing Institute is on-going program designed to help parents and students make their voices heard and address barriers to learning that exist outside the classroom. Join with leaders from other schools and organizations and learn how we can build solidarity and take action together. In the coming months, our institutes will focus on access to affordable, high quality, and nutritious food, affordable housing, and safe passages to and from school.
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