live / 2015

The Skid Row Justice and Wellness Center and Pop-Up Produce Market

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Los Angeles Community Action Network

Located in the Skid Row community, but serving low-income communities of color across Downtown and South LA, the LA CAN Justice and Wellness Center will focus on making Los Angeles a healthy place to live for extremely low-income and homeless residents, as well as others, through expanded services for housing stability and homelessness prevention and increased access to healthy food through a seed-to-market community garden, produce market and micro-enterprise center.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Central LA
  • South LA
  • Downtown LA's Skid Row Community

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Expand a pilot or a program
  • Mobilize for systems change
  • Advocate with policymakers and leaders

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Access to healthy food
  • Rates of homelessness
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)
  • Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

When approaching our work, we strategically follow a model of ongoing: planning-implementation-evaluation-decision making. Our criteria for evaluation is rooted in two questions: 1) Has our strategy engaged, empowered, and educated both new and existing low-income community leaders?; and 2) Has our strategy led to policy or practices change that strengthens human rights and equitably distributes resources among all stakeholders, with direct benefits to low-income people of color?

We will supplement this general evaluation approach with community surveys that will help inform our market and nutrition education choices before we launch. Out of these survey participants, we will create a community team of 10-12 residents who are participating in our project and that we will regularly convene to track their purchasing, engagement in nutritional programming, and overall health and wellness outcomes.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support