The Center for Sustainable Communities in Compton, CA

submission by Mchamness
The Center for Sustainable Communities in Compton, CA

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Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County (NHS)

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


NHS strengthens neighborhoods through the development of quality affordable housing, the creation of affordable homeownership opportunities, and increasing the financial independence of families in need.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Utilizing the model of "What Makes Community?" as our focus, NHS is working with the City of Compton, Pacific Coast Regional, and Metro CDC to create the first of several Centers for Sustainable Communities in South LA. The CSC will help low-to-middle income families in Compton deal with the impacts of divestiture by serving as a hub to provide access to housing, transit, employment, healthy living, and community food resources that make communities stronger and more resilient.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


NHS' Center for Sustainable Communities will serve hundreds of low income families annually in a region that has endured many of the worst impacts of the economic downturn and decades of blight. Of primary concern is how to deal with the growing challenges among these neighborhoods regarding chronic unemployment and underemployment, reduced capital access for small business development, the ongoing threat of food insecurity, substandard transit options, skyrocketing housing costs, educational disparities, and youth disengagement.

In response, the Center for Sustainable Communities will provide the people of Compton and South Los Angeles County a facility that will serve as a hub to build a solid foundation for creating neighborhood sustainability over the next decades. Specific impacts include 1) Improving the job readiness and overall skills base of local workforce; 2) Providing healthy living resources and medical clinic services to residents; 3) Reaching and training residents through the CSC Neighborhood Revitalization Institute; 4) Increasing access to business incubator services and originating loans for small business owners; 5) Engaging youth (ages 5-24) in on-site green education and mentoring programs; 6) Assisting families through our Financial Opportunity Center; 7) Establishing community garden projects on the property and in surrounding neighborhoods; 8) Providing valuable community meeting space. In addition to meeting crucial resource access needs for families, the Center will allow its partners to share sustainability concepts that drive planning approaches in other impacted communities throughout South Los Angeles and LA County.

As the facility grows, the Center will expand to help hundreds of small business owners, neighborhood non-profit groups, and homeowners through on-site services and regional partnerships with community service groups, community development agencies, green organizations, health providers, technology professionals, schools, and municipalities. At least 50% of our tenants will be service-driven. By winter 2016 we expect to partner with the adjacent Los Angeles Conservation Corps Campus to magnify our regional impact, collaborate to attract a wide range of volunteers for our municipal water and green projects, and reach out to the educational community as the Compton Creek Project evolves.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Gauging the success and impact of the project will require tracking data among partners and service providers that utilize the facility. NHS will work with partners to consolidate and filter impact data of those taking courses, attending classes, and receiving training. Affiliated groups working through the Center will be asked to share all relevant statistics and deliverables data with NHS. NHS will serve as the central filter for evaluating the impacts and status of job training, homeowner education, senior and afterschool programming, and small business education programs.

Specific annual benchmarks include:
• Providing healthy living services and resources to 1,500 residents;
• Assisting 1,200 families through the Financial Opportunity Center;
• Improving job readiness and overall skills base of local workforce by 20%;
• Establishing 50 home and neighborhood gardens with youth workers;
• Increasing lending access for 50 small business owners.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

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by Nlira
6 months ago

Of course NHS LA should win!

by vivanava
6 months ago

The first facility of its kind anywhere in South Los Angeles and a great community asset.

by Mchamness
6 months ago

Love what NHS does! This would be a great addition to Compton!

by alexvisotzky
6 months ago

NHS is a great support organization in the Los Angeles -Central south area for educating low income home-seekers in how to obtain quality Housing. A very good educational resource in Our community!
Thank you NHS !
Johnny Johnson
Inglewood, CA

by Johnnybegood
6 months ago

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