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.


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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General Dogon speaking to a LAHSA worker last week. Folks on the street are promised housing if they clear the streets and go to a Project Roomkey Site. Outreach workers offer promises of resources, case worker support, and housing to the unhoused if they just leave behind their current place of residence, and come stay at a PRK site. Yet we continue to hear from folks at the PRK sites that they are being discharged unjustly, case workers have an extremely high turn-over rate (so much so that many do not even know the name of their case worker, let alone have the ability to contact them), and that none of the promises the city have made are being fulfilled. Stop the false promises. Stop using PRK as a front of false promises and expectations in order to clear people from the streets. This just destroys trust and the community bonds of mutual aid built by our houseless neighbors in the absence of resources. Give people housing now! See MoreSee Less

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I know someone that is doing project roomkey, and yes they moved him, however once he competes the program he will get housing. I pray that this happens. The longer you live on the streets the higher the risk of mental illness 🙏🏾

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If you have been impacted by COVID-19 and are struggling to pay your rent or utilities, you’re not alone. The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program is here to help. If you have received an eviction notice, you have 15 business days to apply for rent relief and notify your landlord that you’ve applied (or intend to). You are only protected from eviction due to non-payment of COVID-related rent debt if you apply for relief.  Text RENT to 211-211 to learn how to apply for the COVID Rent Relief program.

Thank you to our partners @unitedway for creating these graphics explaining how the rental assistance program works!

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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

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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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