Archive for the Community Hubs Category

Helen Keller Park Gets New Community Center


Mike Ealey, Helen Keller Park Supervisor, remembers throwing his first pitch at the West Athens neighborhood park in 1966. And this week, Ealey got a chance to inaugurate a brand new community center that will ensure Helen Keller Park will continue to serve as an anchor for […]

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Metro Moves Forward to Help Small Businesses During Crenshaw Construction


In an unprecedented move forward, the Metro Board of Directors recently awarded a two year contract to help small businesses impacted by Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project construction. “Rail construction is always challenging and it’s particularly difficult for nearby businesses,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “That’s why we are committed […]

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From Plan to Project: Rail to River Moves Forward


After heartfelt testimony from residents and environmental advocates calling for the revitalization of an 8-mile stretch of blighted abandoned railway in South Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors voted to allocate $2.8 million for pre-construction activities including architectural design work and environmental studies. By […]

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Dreamfield at Roosevelt Park

Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Dream Field Dedication

Built in the 1930s, Franklin D. Roosevelt Park in the Florence Firestone section of Los Angeles is one of the oldest parks in the county. But two new, state of the art baseball fields now make it one of the best places for children and families to […]

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Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw Campaign Launches


Metro and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas launched the Eat, Shop and Play Crenshaw campaign recently at the 9th annual Taste of Soul festival to support businesses impacted by the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX rail line. Approximately 40 businesses, ranging from hair salons to restaurants to furniture […]

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Star Housing Apartments Offers New Life on Skid Row

Jude Burns stood in awe among the hundreds of people who turned out recently to celebrate the opening of the Star Apartments, a 100 unit supportive housing site for the homeless. Once homeless, bereft after the death of his only son and severely disabled, Burns got a […]

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Affordable Homes in Jefferson Park Now Open


Reginald Drummer was homeless, HIV positive and living on Skid Row for four years. But finally, he found the break he needed: Mercy Housing. The nonprofit had just opened the Jefferson Park Terrace apartments on Western Avenue and so he applied for a one-bedroom unit. Four months […]

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New MLK Mental Health Center Now Open


Jo Helen Graham’s son Mark was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when he was 15 years old. Despite his parents’ efforts to find him ongoing treatment, little has been available to address his mental illness and he has suffered. A barroom brawl years ago landed him in prison […]

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Falcons to Go on National Television


For years now, Keith and Karen Johnson, founders of the Falcons Youth and Family Service Organization, have been working at the grassroots level to help children become responsible men and women. To that end, their football program has evolved to make sure the players and the cheerleaders […]

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Bringing Help to People Living in Cars


Often, the word “homeless” calls to mind a person, usually a man, living on the street. But many times, people–often families–with nowhere else to turn they survive the elements by moving their cars to residential streets and living in there in those neighborhoods. Hoping to re-create a […]

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