Why can’t Garcetti talk to Black people in Skid Row? Read the latest on our work to make sure Black women on Skid Row are prioritized in Mayor Garcetti's plans. We've been writing and writing and have not heard back. Garcetti is talking loud and saying nothing. Read the latest Skid Row a message of love purple background Breaking LA CAN and DWAC demand Mayor Garcetti and the city of Los Angeles stop ignoring the needs of LA’s most vulnerable populations. Unhoused Black and Brown women need emergency housing and access to public health services. Stop ignoring the needs of women. Negligence is deadly. Read the letter bokchoy Looking ahead to 2022 Looking ahead to next year’s election season, Skid Row-based nonprofit Los Angeles Community Action Network will soon begin a non-partisan dialogue and education effort informing Angelenos about where local elected officials stand on homeless issues Read more Freedom Now Hosts and Guest Appearances Watch Our Freedom Now Celebration Missed our Freedom Now broadcast? You can still catch the show! Gather your loved ones online and host a watch party. Help us hit our one million dollar goal! Watch Freedom Now

Mission Statement

The mission of LA CAN is to help people dealing with poverty create & discover opportunities, while serving as a vehicle to ensure we have voice, power & opinion in the decisions that are directly affecting us.

The Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) was formed in 1999 when 25 residents of Downtown Los Angeles came together and acknowledged the issues that existed in our community. We made a commitment to address those problems by organizing and becoming a force that demands change. Today we work on a variety of initiatives and projects across Skid Row and South Central LA.


LA CAN maintains that Housing is a Human Right and has engaged in preserving and improving extremely low-income housing since our inception. EcoHood is the newest extension of LA CAN’s critical housing work.

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“When I think of home, I think of a resting place…”


Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer rose from humble beginnings in the Mississippi Delta to become one of the most prominent, passionate, and powerful voices of the civil, housing and voting rights movements. She was also a fierce leader in the efforts for greater economic opportunity and independence for African Americans.

Frustrated by the political process, Hamer turned to economics as a strategy for greater racial equality. In 1971, Hamer helped to found the National Women’s Political Caucus. This was a follow up to her grassroots approach: In 1968, she began a “pig bank” to provide free pigs for Black farmers to breed, raise, and slaughter. After that effort, she launched the Freedom Farm Cooperative (FFC), buying up land that Blacks could own and farm collectively. With the assistance of many donors (including famed singer Harry Belafonte), she purchased 640 acres and launched a general store, boutique, and sewing enterprise. She single-handedly ensured that 200 units of low-income housing were built—many still exist in today. The FFC lasted for longer than anyone expected and it was among the largest employers in Sunflower County, Mississippi. Before Hamer succumbed to cancer in 1977, she paved the way for subsequent voting, housing and civil rights activists and organizations such as LA CAN.

In September 2020, the Preserving Community and Neighborhood Choice rule went into effect nationally, This new HUD rule destroys a crucial regulatory provision of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. That provision, called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), was strengthened by the Obama Administration in 2015, ensuring that U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds would support only those local and state municipalities who could clearly demonstrate that they and their housing and other programs are furthering the non-discrimination goals of the Fair Housing Act.

The September HUD rule waters down the AFFH provision and gives a green light to continued segregation and status quo discrimination within America’s cities, towns, and villages.

Nowhere is this reality more prevalent and abhorrent than Los Angeles, where luxury condominiums and apartments, which boast an average of a 30 percent occupancy, line the same city streets as tents and improvised domiciles. More than 70 percent of those unhoused in DTLA are African American, in a city with an African American population of 8 percent.

We must continue to pressure our local and national “leaders” to re-imagine housing as a human right…not as a catalyst for capitalism.

We salute you, Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer…and we carry your legacy forward as a badge of honor and a necessary reminder of what the fight is for!

“Nobody’s free until everybody’s free”… Fannie Lou Hamer

Find out more about the Housing Justice work we are undertaking at LA CAN…AND GET INVOLVED:


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LA CAN’s EcoHood sustainable housing project is on fire! A big shout out to @KtownforAll and @thelapod for raising $3,500 at LA Jeo-pod-y last weekend! As our initiative draws praise for meeting the needs of unhoused people quicker and cheaper than traditional construction without harming the environment, donations have poured in from Angelenos fed up with the city’s failure to address the problem. Thank you! See MoreSee Less

LA CAN’s EcoHood sustainable housing project is on fire! A big shout out to @KtownforAll and @thelapod for raising $3,500 at LA Jeo-pod-y last weekend! As our initiative draws praise for meeting the needs of unhoused people quicker and cheaper than traditional construction without harming the environment, donations have poured in from Angelenos fed up with the city’s failure to address the problem. Thank you!

As COVID-19 rages in Los Angeles and beyond, there has been little attention paid to the most vulnerable Angelenos.

As cases rise sharply in Skid Row and DTLA, we are redoubling our efforts to stand in the gap for negligent city leaders and insure that our neighbors’ lives are prioritized as they should be.

Here is our 10 Point COVID-19 mitigation plan. Read it, adhere to it and spread it far and wide!!(no pun intended).
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Check out a few members of the LA CAN Arts and Culture crew featuring Natosha Trulybeats Smith in “Real Talk”…

Stay tuned for more art and “real talk” coming soon!

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A Black History Musical Moment featuring Brother Pancake!

“Precious Lord” was Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite gospel song. He was known to listen to it often and request this song at times of great consequence for the civil rights movement. He famously uttered these words shortly before his tragic death: “play ‘Precious Lord’ in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty."

Learn more about The Freedom Singers and Arts and Culture at LA CAN…

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Become a part of a movement to end poverty create and create opportunity. Learn more about the issues that impact us all and ways that you can make a difference in solving them.

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We change problems together. Join LA CAN in ensuring that we have voice, power and opinion in the decisions that are directly affecting us.

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LA CAN members are low-income Angelenos who join us to build organization within our communities in order amass the power necessary to bring about social, civil and economic justice.

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Over the years, we added core projects addressing women’s rights, the human right to housing, and healthy food access. LA CAN also has projects focused on economic development, civic participation and voter engagement, and community media.

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Facts about LA CAN

LA CAN has been a strong and visible leader in promoting and defending human rights in Downtown and South LA, with additional impacts regionally, nationally and internationally.

Reversed a unanimously-passed redevelopment plan, preventing displacement for almost 9,000 low-income households


Significantly improved health and safety conditions in more than 2,000 homes previously in slum conditions


Eliminated the guest fee practice in more than 2,500 homes, saving tenants from an unjust charge


Organized community-lawyering projects that resulted in 2.84 million dollars

what people say

LA CAN provides legal assistance and organizes to protect poor communities against illegal evictions.They do a great job focusing on many areas of poverty, housing, civil rights and community health.

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