About Us

About T.R.U.S.T. South LA

T.R.U.S.T. South LA is a non-profit organization that functions as a community-based initiative to stabilize the neighborhoods south of downtown Los Angeles and to create a vehicle for the current residents of South Los Angeles to stay in their neighborhoods as they participate in creating more vibrancy, resources, and opportunities for themselves, their children and grandchildren, and the broader community. With grant and loan funds raised from public and private sources, T.R.U.S.T. South LA acquires land to be held in perpetuity by the community-controlled Land Trust. Permanent control over T.R.U.S.T. South LA’s assets is ensured through its legal structure as a membership-based organization. As such, membership is restricted to low-income people that live or work within the Land Trust’s boundaries.

About Abode Communities

Abode Communities is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to opening doors in people’s lives through creative and responsible design, development and operation of service-enhanced affordable housing. Established in 1968, the organization fulfills its mission through a multidisciplinary approach focused on four distinct core services: real estate development, architecture, property management and resident services. Abode Communities’ specific strength is to design and develop environmentally sustainable homes that address the need of Southern California’s large workforce, low- income families, seniors and individuals with special needs. The organization is the longest established affordable housing provider in Southern California, leads the State of California in the number of LEED® units developed, and owns and operates 36 housing developments with 2,232 affordable homes.


California Community Foundation
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
T.R.U.S.T. South LA Leadership Committee
T.R.U.S.T. South LA Outreach Team
Abode Communities Development
Abode Communities Architecture
Expo/Vermont Neighbors Organizing Committee
Rolland Curtis Gardens Residents and Neighbors
Remy de la Peza
Natalie Nava


Sandra McNeill- Executive Director T.R.U.S.T. South LA
Tafarai Bayne- Mobility & Recreation Program Director T.R.U.S.T. South LA
Blanca Rivera- Membership Development Manager T.R.U.S.T. South LA
Guadalupe Rocio Chavez- Leadership Development Trainer and Organizer T.R.U.S.T. South LA
Andres Ramirez- Organizer T.R.U.S.T. South LA
Giulia Pasciuto- Policy Associate T.R.U.S.T. South LA
Joyous Joiner- Program Associate T.R.U.S.T. South LA
Heather Bleemers- Project Management
Shannon Davis- Graphic Design
Robin Hughes- President and CEO, Abode Communities
Holly Benson- Vice President Housing Development, Abode Communities Development
Rene Rodriguez- Senior Project Manager Architect, Abode Communities Architecture
Noel Toro- Senior Job Captain Architect, Abode Communities Architecture
Daniel Huynh- Project Manager, Abode Communities Development