Union de Vecinos

Union de Vecinos

Nonprofit

In 2000 we won a Best Practice award for our community organizing from the United Nations’ Huairou Commission. In our model, solutions to a problem are developed by those most affected. It places the community first and at the center of our work. We take a bottom up approach. We start with the community’s understanding of their problems and engage the community in addressing these issues. We organize block by block … Read More In 2000 we won a Best Practice award for our community organizing from the United Nations’ Huairou Commission. In our model, solutions to a problem are developed by those most affected. It places the community first and at the center of our work. We take a bottom up approach. We start with the community’s understanding of their problems and engage the community in addressing these issues. We organize block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood and bring this network together. We do this through reflection, action, analysis and start again with each phase bringing new information. Through this process community members learn to negotiate and prioritize their demands amongst themselves. Our organizing campaigns as identified by our community members include the following: preservation of healthy affordable housing; the right to clean water; the right to clean air; and the right to safe and healthy neighborhoods. The Bienestar committees success in transforming their alley clearly demonstrated the potential for creating healthy alleys through the do-it-yourself community action our long organizing history makes possible. In addition to this we have the following accomplishments: EJ and Neighborhood Health and Safety o Neighborhood base improvements, Installed physical improvements to transform the use of 5 alleys in Boyle Heights and identified 6 more to begin transformation this year o Negotiated to reduce costly police engagement in neighborhood activity in our community o Reduced violence and fear on Fickett St without criminalization or police intervention through neighborhood occupation o Worked with Environmental Justice Coalition for Water and Assemblyman John Perez to pass a state law allowing for the City of Maywood to have more regulatory powers over the water companies o Gained support from Assemblyman Rendon to develop a policy to create a public water district in Maywood o Organized and won two new parks in the City of Maywood; o Passed a law in the City of Maywood that allows street vendors to obtain vending permits; o Reprioritized how the City of LA distributed resources for basic services; Housing o Trained and developed tenants to understand RSO Regulations and the city’s inspection processes. o Identified and worked with 188 tenants during their inspection processes in the last year o With LACAN, formed an LA Citywide multi-cultural coalition that puts homeless, tenants, and public housing residents voices at the front of the struggle to expand rent control rights and protect public housing. o Successful in swearing in one of our members as a Housing Authority of City of LA Board of Commissioner (HACLA); o Stopped HACLA’s elimination of public housing for a 3 year period; o Passed 2 advisory measures in Maywood protecting families from the demolition of their homes; o Organized, drafted, and passed Just Cause Ordinance in the City

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