September 2020 Newsletter                
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For the Community
Slauson and Wall Project Update

We did it! Last month (August 2020), in partnership with Clifford Beers Housing, the LA Neighborhood Land Trust, and other key team members, we submitted a community centered Request for Proposal (RFP) for Slauson & Wall marking over 10 years of T.R.U.S.T.’s efforts to ensure the 7-acre lot is built by and for the community. Here is a brief message from our teammate, Gabriela Nuñez, “just for my entire life, this part of Slauson has always been factories and unsafe streets and basically bad for families and its sort of amazing to be working for an organization [T.R.U.S.T. South LA] that is proposing something so beautiful and community-centered."

Next Steps: The Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department will complete their evaluations of proposals and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council by October 2020. Stay tuned!

Photos from 2009:

(Left) T.R.U.S.T. South LA community leader, now boardmember, Maritza Lopez, providing feedback on community mapping exercise for community vision of future Slauson and Wall. (Right) T.R.U.S.T. South L.A. community members touring Slauson and Wall and taking notes on priorities for the neighborhood.

Photo from Summer 2017
T.R.U.S.T. South L.A. volunteer, now staff member, Gabriela Nuñez, collecting community priorities for the Slauson and Wall neighborhood during our “Welcome to our Neighborhood Dream” summer festival at Brotherhood Crusade.
Facing Displacement?

Calling all Parents of 3rd to 8th grader students. Let your kids join our End of Summer Art Showcase Program
We started giving out Art kits to the parents of 3rd to 8th grader kids who will join our End of Summer Art Showcase Program. Call or send us a message at 323-233-4118 to schedule a pick up and follow us on social media. We still have many more art kits left!
Food Voucher Program

T.R.U.S.T. South LA has been working with the LA Food Policy Council to provide South LA residents with $50 fresh food credits at a local South LA convenience store, El Principio! The program was rolled out in response to the food insecurity caused by Covid-19 and its aim is to assure South LA families have consistent access to rest fruits and vegetables. T.R.U.S.T. South LA and LA Food Policy Council will enroll 30 South LA residents in this program! 
We are in the News
Executive Director Edgar Campos of T.R.U.S.T. South L.A. is interviewed by USC Annenberg Media.
South L.A. residents, USC students struggle to pay rent as the threat of eviction still looms. 

About 1 in 5 renters in Los Angeles County have paid their rent late or missed a rental payment since the start of the pandemic, a study released jointly by UCLA and USC on Monday shows. (Photo by Ling Luo) 

About 1 in 5 renters in Los Angeles County have paid their rent late or missed a rental payment since the start of the pandemic, a study released jointly by UCLA and USC on Monday shows. While an eviction moratorium remains in place, the study found that around 40,000 L.A. County tenants reported that their landlords started the eviction process, even though they can’t legally be forced out.

We were also featured in Controller Galperin's Newsletter. Read about his visit to T.R.U.S.T. South L.A. during our Free Meal Distribution Program.  Click the link here
Get to know our Team Members
Teresa (left) and Maria (right) are spearheading our Free Meal Distribution.
Teresa McDonald
I am an enthusiastic Community Leader and native of South LA. I advocate for neglected neighborhoods in South LA. I aim to help our raise the living standards for our communities. My passion is to help develop leadership skills. My vision is to unite our neglected communities to stand together and finally use our voice as one. 

Maria Villagrana

I assist Teresa every Monday and Thursday from 12 to 2pm. On Mondays I help hand out fresh produce as well as hot meals. On Thursdays we give meals to the community. I also distribute flyers with important information to the community as a form of outreach. 
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