Karely De La Cruz

Karely De La Cruz has been shaped by a multifaceted upbringing across Tijuana, South Los Angeles, and Compton, and has been deeply ingrained in community work since her early years. She discovered her passion for activism at a young age, getting involved in various grassroots initiatives focused on supporting marginalized individuals and families experiencing housing insecurity.

After earning her degree in Criminal Justice from Cal State Dominguez Hills, Karely dedicated herself to addressing the challenges faced by those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Her unwavering commitment to assisting vulnerable populations was evident in her work with mutual aid programs, where she played a crucial role in preventing evictions and providing essential services to those in need during times of crisis.

As a key member of the team at T.R.U.S.T. South LA, Karely contributed significantly to securing $6 million in rental and utility for the state rental assistance program for local residents. She actively participated in advocacy campaigns such as Measure ULA, which successfully generated additional funding through a tax on luxury property sales in Los Angeles city. Through her tireless efforts, Karely has helped bridge the gap for many individuals seeking resources like rental aid and legal support, ensuring that they can maintain stable housing and overcome financial hardships. Karely has always been deeply connected to community service and social advocacy.

Driven by her belief in the fundamental right to safe and affordable housing, Karely continues to be a vocal advocate for tenant protections and community-driven solutions. With a deep-rooted connection to the housing struggles faced by many families, she channels her experiences into meaningful action, striving to create a more just and equitable society for all. Through her involvement in community spaces like Compton Rising, Compton Tenants Union and East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Karely remains steadfast in her mission to promote social justice, housing rights, and environmental sustainability, embodying the values of inclusivity and empowerment in every endeavor she undertakes. Karely actively fights against oppressive systems, standing firm in her belief that housing is a fundamental human right.