Stay Rooted In your Community: Anti-Displacement Resources
The Watts Rising Collaborative is first and foremost concerned with the health and safety of the community we serve and our partners. The more we work together and become better informed about this global pandemic, the more equipped we are to get through it. Download our COVID-19 Resource Guide for specific COVID-19 resources that we hope will help you, your family, your business, or your non-profit navigate these challenging times.
Rise with Us!
Many studies and personal stories show that when large amounts of investment goes into communities inhabited by low-income individuals, undocumented immigrants, and people of color, these communities often experience negative effects such as rising residential and commercial rents, landlords engaging in illegal tenant evictions and negligent maintenance, and small businesses being unable to compete with big box retailers, among other factors. This process is known as gentrification (see graphic) and often results in in existing residents being forced out of their communities, when they do not have the financial means to hold onto their apartments, homes, and businesses.
Understanding the potential negative impacts of the Transformative Climate Communities investment, the Watts Rising Collaborative is implementing a plan to prevent displacement and the negative impacts of displacement on health. Led by the Mayor Garcetti's Office of Economic Opportunity and long-time Watts community advocacy group, Watts/ Century Latino Organization (WCLO), Watts Rising connects residents to resources to prevent displacement by lowering utility bills, accessing tenants rights information, gaining employment with better wages, and increasing wealth and assets through business and home ownership. Please see below for resources that can assist you.
Resources and services provided by Watts/Century Latino Organization:
If you would like to learn more about your legal rights as a tenant, if you’re facing the possibility of losing your home and need help navigating your options and programs to help you keep your home, or if you’d like to buy a home for the first time and would like to learn about down payment programs, please contact the Watts/Century Latino Organization for free housing counseling assistance by calling 323.564.9140 or emailing email@example.com.
Resources for Renters
Stay Housed LA
Stay Housed LA has the resources you need to know your rights and the legal assistance to back them up. The COVID-19 pandemic has cost people their jobs and livelihoods. This has put an estimated one-third of households in a position where they cannot make rent and are facing losing their homes.
Stay Housed L.A. County is a partnership between the County of Los Angeles and local community and legal services providers. Together, with Stay Housed LA County they provide the residents of Los Angeles County, from Lancaster to Long Beach, with information and resources to keep people in their homes.
Visit the Stay Housed LA website at: https://www.stayhousedla.org/
YOU HAVE RIGHTS! L.A.’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) limits how often a landlord can raise your rent in a given year. Landlords also cannot discriminate against you if you have a Section 8 voucher. Rent Stabilization Ordinance Tenants' Rights Workshops
Visit HACLA.ORG to register to be notified about upcoming affordable housing opportunities
Resources for Homeowners or Those Seeking to Buy a Home
Buy your own home: Low-Income Purchase Assistance Program (LIPA)
Legalize an Unpermitted Dwelling Unit (UDU) to avoid citations and loss of rental income: http://planning.lacity.org/ordinances/docs/unapproveddwellingunit/UDUQuickGuide.pdf
Increase the value of your property by building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU, 'granny flat' or 'casita') -- Click here to learn more about the City of Los Angeles' Accessory Dwelling Unit Accelerator or here for a detailed list of resources to assist you.
Services to help you Go Green: WWW.LADWP.ORG and put “Rebates and Programs” into the search bar
For seniors and disabled persons, the L.A. Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID) offers a free Handyworker and Lead Abatement Programs: https://hcidla2.lacity.org/residents/keeping-your-home-safe-from-lead-based-paint-hazards
Learn about your rights as a landlord and how to be a good landlord: https://hcidla.lacity.org/Owning-Managing-Rental-Housing
Resources for Small Businesses