Homes Not Prisons We deserve and demand more. Carceral housing is no way to address homelessness. Read our latest piece. Read the latest They’re coming for us and it ain’t good Read the Downtown Women’s Action Coalition’s response to Judge Carter’s injunction. We want to see permanent housing. NOT displacement. NOT enforcement. NOT shelters. Read the letter 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 update Skid Row a message of love purple background Open letter to the mayor 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

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.

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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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“Not giving us our [constitutional] rights to settle where we want, is nazi Germany, racial shit by collective recyclables.” —Pepper, age 54, Skid Row resident. (Council District 14)

We asked residents to share their thoughts about the revised L.A.M.C. 41.18 ordinance that would effectively ban unhoused residents from placing tents and other property within most of L.A.’s city limits. The new measure would have a profound impact on houseless communities and further criminalize anyone who refuses to accept an offer of temporary shelter. Temporary shelters are just that — temporary. Instead of focusing on the visibility of houselessness, the city must address the root of the problem by offering permanent, affordable housing. To learn how you can get involved, visit our website at cangress.org.

Photo by Melissa Phillips (@hellomissmelissa)
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“Not giving us our [constitutional] rights to settle where we want, is nazi Germany, racial shit by collective recyclables.” —Pepper, age 54, Skid Row resident. (Council District 14)

We asked residents to share their thoughts about the revised L.A.M.C. 41.18 ordinance that would effectively ban unhoused residents from placing tents and other property within most of L.A.’s city limits. The new measure would have a profound impact on houseless communities and further criminalize anyone who refuses to accept an offer of temporary shelter. Temporary shelters are just that — temporary. Instead of focusing on the visibility of houselessness, the city must address the root of the problem by offering permanent, affordable housing. To learn how you can get involved, visit our website at cangress.org.

Photo by Melissa Phillips (@hellomissmelissa)

“Dear Mayor, I can’t tell you how to do your job. Just be sure every person gets their stimulus check so they stand a chance to be housed. That is what they need. Good luck. You got your work cut out. Just be fair.” —BB Rice, age 58, Skid Row resident. (Council District 14)

We asked residents to share their thoughts about the revised L.A.M.C. 41.18 ordinance that would effectively ban unhoused residents from placing tents and other property within most of L.A.’s city limits. The new measure would have a profound impact on houseless communities and further criminalize anyone who refuses to accept an offer of temporary shelter. Temporary shelters are just that — temporary. Instead of focusing on the visibility of houselessness, the city must address the root of the problem by offering permanent, affordable housing. To learn how you can get involved, visit our website at cangress.org.

Photo by Melissa Phillips (@hellomissmelissa)
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“Dear Mayor, I can’t tell you how to do your job. Just be sure every person gets their stimulus check so they stand a chance to be housed. That is what they need. Good luck. You got your work cut out. Just be fair.” —BB Rice, age 58, Skid Row resident. (Council District 14)

We asked residents to share their thoughts about the revised L.A.M.C. 41.18 ordinance that would effectively ban unhoused residents from placing tents and other property within most of L.A.’s city limits. The new measure would have a profound impact on houseless communities and further criminalize anyone who refuses to accept an offer of temporary shelter. Temporary shelters are just that — temporary. Instead of focusing on the visibility of houselessness, the city must address the root of the problem by offering permanent, affordable housing. To learn how you can get involved, visit our website at cangress.org.

Photo by Melissa Phillips (@hellomissmelissa)

“I want you [to] know that I’m a army vet & homeless. You guys [should] help us find more housing for the peoples. You want us to be [uncomfortable] because you guys don’t think it’s pleasing to the eye. JUST HELP THE PEOPLES!” —Butter, age 56, Skid Row resident. (Council District 14)

We asked residents to share their thoughts about the revised L.A.M.C. 41.18 ordinance that would effectively ban unhoused residents from placing tents and other property within most of L.A.’s city limits. The new measure would have a profound impact on houseless communities and further criminalize anyone who refuses to accept an offer of temporary shelter. Temporary shelters are just that — temporary. Instead of focusing on the visibility of houselessness, the city must address the root of the problem by offering permanent, affordable housing. To learn how you can get involved, visit our website at cangress.org.

Photo by Melissa Phillips (@hellomissmelissa)
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“I want you [to] know that I’m a army vet & homeless. You guys [should] help us find more housing for the peoples. You want us to be [uncomfortable] because you guys don’t think it’s pleasing to the eye. JUST HELP THE PEOPLES!” —Butter, age 56, Skid Row resident. (Council District 14)

We asked residents to share their thoughts about the revised L.A.M.C. 41.18 ordinance that would effectively ban unhoused residents from placing tents and other property within most of L.A.’s city limits. The new measure would have a profound impact on houseless communities and further criminalize anyone who refuses to accept an offer of temporary shelter. Temporary shelters are just that — temporary. Instead of focusing on the visibility of houselessness, the city must address the root of the problem by offering permanent, affordable housing. To learn how you can get involved, visit our website at cangress.org.

Photo by Melissa Phillips (@hellomissmelissa)

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🚨CALL TO ACTION AGAINST CRIMINALIZATION OF UNHOUSED IN LA 🚨

Join us this Wednesday at 9:30am for a community day of action against 41.18! The ordinance that will ban sitting, lying down, and sleeping on LA city sidewalks.

We Have the Right to Rest Without Facing Arrest: Action, Rally and Press Conference Against 41.18 and the Criminalization of Homelessness

Wednesday, July 28th at 9:30am
(West Steps of City Hall)

Led by unhoused organizers from UTACH (Unhoused Tenants Against Carceral Housing), those who will be directly impacted by the 41.18 vote to ban sitting, lying, and sleeping from LA public sidewalks will be speaking out to condemn criminalization of the unhoused. #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs

The action, rally and press conference will feature speakers from UTACH, Los Angeles Community Action Network, Theo Henderson from We the Unhoused, Los Angeles Tenants’ Union, Union de Vecinos, Lennox-Inglewood Tenants Union and the Here 2 Stay Campaign, Hillside Villa Tenants Association, Reclaiming Our Homes, JTown Action & Solidarity, and more.

We are here to unite as tenants in our movement for housing justice in Los Angeles to demand an end to the criminalization of unhoused people.

There are so many ways to get involved in the fight against 41.18 and we need all hands on deck!

Digital Actions: Use the #HomesNotZones Toolkit (tinyurl.com/NoOn4118)

* Sign on to our Organizational Letter 📝

* Call and email your City Councilmember to vote NO on 41.18 ✍️✍️

* Join our Twitter storm on Wednesday, July 28 at 10AM #HomesNotZones #RepealNotReform 📱🌩

* Call into Public Comment: Item 20
– Wednesday, July 28 at 10:00 AM ☎️☎️

– Dial 1 669 254 5252 and use Meeting ID No. 160 535 8466 and then press #. Press # again when prompted for participant ID. Once admitted into the meeting, press *9 to request to speak. Ask to speak on Item 20.

See you in the streets!

#ServicesNotSweeps
#HomesNotZones
#HousekeysNotHandcuffs
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#Repost @streetwatchla with @make_repost
・・・
🚨CALL TO ACTION AGAINST CRIMINALIZATION OF UNHOUSED IN LA 🚨

Join us this Wednesday at 9:30am for a community day of action against 41.18! The ordinance that will ban sitting, lying down, and sleeping on LA city sidewalks.

We Have the Right to Rest Without Facing Arrest: Action, Rally and Press Conference Against 41.18 and the Criminalization of Homelessness

Wednesday, July 28th at 9:30am
(West Steps of City Hall)

Led by unhoused organizers from UTACH (Unhoused Tenants Against Carceral Housing), those who will be directly impacted by the 41.18 vote to ban sitting, lying, and sleeping from LA public sidewalks will be speaking out to condemn criminalization of the unhoused. #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs

The action, rally and press conference will feature speakers from UTACH, Los Angeles Community Action Network, Theo Henderson from We the Unhoused, Los Angeles Tenants Union, Union de Vecinos, Lennox-Inglewood Tenants Union and the Here 2 Stay Campaign, Hillside Villa Tenants Association, Reclaiming Our Homes, JTown Action & Solidarity, and more.

We are here to unite as tenants in our movement for housing justice in Los Angeles to demand an end to the criminalization of unhoused people.

There are so many ways to get involved in the fight against 41.18 and we need all hands on deck!

Digital Actions: Use the #HomesNotZones Toolkit (https://tinyurl.com/NoOn4118)

* Sign on to our Organizational Letter 📝

* Call and email your City Councilmember to vote NO on 41.18 ✍️✍️

* Join our Twitter storm on Wednesday, July 28 at 10AM #HomesNotZones #RepealNotReform 📱🌩

* Call into Public Comment: Item 20
- Wednesday, July 28 at 10:00 AM ☎️☎️

- Dial 1 669 254 5252 and use Meeting ID No. 160 535 8466 and then press #. Press # again when prompted for participant ID. Once admitted into the meeting, press *9 to request to speak. Ask to speak on Item 20.

See you in the streets!

#ServicesNotSweeps
#HomesNotZones
#HousekeysNotHandcuffs

“I would suggest that the mayor should implement more mental health facilitys [sic] because from being homeless it has affected us in ways that is very profound. I think that taking down the tents so abruptly is wrong. There should be a segway to housing before they take tents down. Housing should already be available before the tents come down.” —Dadisi Komolafe, age 66, Skid Row resident. (Council District 14)

We asked residents to share their thoughts about the revised L.A.M.C. 41.18 ordinance that would effectively ban unhoused residents from placing tents and other property within most of L.A.’s city limits. The new measure would have a profound impact on houseless communities and further criminalize anyone who refuses to accept an offer of temporary shelter. Temporary shelters are just that — temporary. Instead of focusing on the visibility of houselessness, the city must address the root of the problem by offering permanent, affordable housing. To learn how you can get involved, visit our website at cangress.org.

Photo by Melissa Phillips (@hellomissmelissa)
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“I would suggest that the mayor should implement more mental health facilitys [sic] because from being homeless it has affected us in ways that is very profound. I think that taking down the tents so abruptly is wrong. There should be a segway to housing before they take tents down. Housing should already be available before the tents come down.” —Dadisi Komolafe, age 66, Skid Row resident. (Council District 14)

We asked residents to share their thoughts about the revised L.A.M.C. 41.18 ordinance that would effectively ban unhoused residents from placing tents and other property within most of L.A.’s city limits. The new measure would have a profound impact on houseless communities and further criminalize anyone who refuses to accept an offer of temporary shelter. Temporary shelters are just that — temporary. Instead of focusing on the visibility of houselessness, the city must address the root of the problem by offering permanent, affordable housing. To learn how you can get involved, visit our website at cangress.org.

Photo by Melissa Phillips (@hellomissmelissa)

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

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

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

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Organized community-lawyering projects that resulted in 2.84 million dollars

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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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