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.
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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.
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.
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
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.