West Angeles CDC client among first home purchasers
Program targets well-prepared home buyers
The West Angeles Community Development Corp., Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, HUD Assistant Secretary Mercedes Marquez and 8th District Councilman Bernard Parks were all on hand last Thursday along with Restore Neighborhoods Los Angeles Inc. (RNLA) to celebrate a client’s property acquisition. RNLA was established to purchase and sell otherwise abandoned or foreclosed properties to low- and moderate-income families in Los Angeles.
A recent graduate of the corporation’s Eight Hour Homebuyer Education Workshop was among the first to purchase a home. The press event featured the new home, which was completely renovated by RNLA. “The improvements of this previously foreclosed home located in South Los Angeles will go a long way to help revitalize the neighborhood,” said Robert Norris, director of operations.
The RNLA program targets deserving and well-prepared home buyer. “I can think of no better way to stabilize neighborhoods today than to continue to educate families on the possibilities and realities of owning a home,” said Tunua Thrash, executive director of West Angeles CDC. “We are proud to partner with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the city of Los Angeles to stabilize neighborhoods with a pipeline of educated home buyer.”
While the recession has affected all Americans, the effects have been truly devastating for low- and moderate-income families hoping to achieve the American dream by owning a home. RNLA represents real action that public-private partnerships can as families take the first step in equipping themselves with homeownership knowledge necessary for long-term neighborhood stability.
For more than 15 years, West Angeles Community Development Corp., a leading faith-based organization committed to community wealth building, has prepared more than 7,000 persons through its HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency program. WACDC is one of eight Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD) approved programs offering monthly eight-hour courses on homeownership to local families. More information may be found on the website, www.westangelescdc.org
Los Angeles has spoken.
In a high-spending election that pitted two longtime City Hall insiders against one another for the top elected post in the city, Councilman Eric Garcetti has handily defeated City Controller Wendy Greuel for mayor 53.92 to 46.07 percent.
The unofficial results reflect more than 380,000 ballots cast—57.78 percent at the polls and 42.21 by mail.
The results will become official 21 calendar days from Tuesday, and the new mayor will take office July 1.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Voters will fill the final seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District board today, choosing between a former assistant to the mayor and an attorney who is also a teacher.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to highlight his eight years in office — particularly in the areas of public safety, education, business, transportation and the environment — when he delivers his final “state of the city” address this afternoon.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be joined today by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., in a discussion at the Los Angeles Convention Center on the challenges of urban education reform.
Villaraigosa will also be honored at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ 2013 Education Summit for championing education reform. Although the mayor of Los Angeles has no formal role in education, Villaraigosa has made education one of his priorities since taking office in 2005.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Crime in the city dropped for the 10th consecutive year in 2012, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Charlie Beck announced today.
The pair attributed the 1.4 percent reduction in crime from 2011 to continued police hiring despite the city’s large budget deficit. Villaraigosa said he would keep police hiring as a top priority in the city’s next budget, his last as mayor. Villaraigosa will be termed out of office and replaced by a new mayor July 1.