Lorena Plaza Update


English / Español Thank you for your interest in Lorena Plaza! Please check back regularly for meeting updates, start of construction, Request for Proposals for art components, and application workshops. News On July 22, 2015, the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council voted 15-1 to support A Community of Friend’s (ACOF) Lorena Plaza project. Lorena Plaza is … Continue reading Lorena Plaza Update

A Community of Friends Earns NeighborWorks Green Award


In December, Judely Cruz Castaneda traveled to Washington, DC to participate in NeighborWorks America’s training and to accept an award on behalf of A Community of Friends. We were recognized for our commitment to being a Green Organization, which means that the entire organization strives to be green and sustainable in our operations, buildings, and … Continue reading A Community of Friends Earns NeighborWorks Green Award

CEO Comment on Proposition HHH for November Ballot


By Dora Leong Gallo, CEO Earlier this year, both the City and County of Los Angeles adopted plans to end homelessness in their respective jurisdictions. Filled with strategic priorities and requests for departmental cooperation, the plans gave all of us who care hope – that finally, homelessness was a priority for our elected leaders. The … Continue reading CEO Comment on Proposition HHH for November Ballot

Cedar Springs Grand Opening and Our New Construction


Drawing on Experience, Building on Success Arlington Square –The shear wall framing is being completed at Arlington Square this month and the preliminary drywall will be going up next. Arlington Square broke ground on November 9th and Assistant Project Manager Daisy Miguel reports that construction is currently 31% complete. Beverly Terrace – Senior Project Manager … Continue reading Cedar Springs Grand Opening and Our New Construction

Americorps VISTA and USC Volunteers


We are pleased to introduce two exciting volunteer programs at A Community of Friends. Assistant Director of Services James Ramirez established a partnership with the USC School of Social Work for up to seven (7) students to complete their mandatory field practicum of 1000 hours by working with tenants at our properties. The students gain … Continue reading Americorps VISTA and USC Volunteers

Grants Aid A Community of Friends


A Community of Friends’ Mission Inspires Award of Several Grants Recently, we received three grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Program (FHLB AHP) for construction costs on Oasis Senior Villas ($780,000), Liberty Lane ($1,060,000), and Huntington Square ($540,000). These projects will all break ground soon. Kudos to the Housing Department staff. Not … Continue reading Grants Aid A Community of Friends

Accelerating the Community Connection to ACOF Housing


Finding affordable housing can be a daunting task but, for chronically homeless individuals and families affected by mental illness, it can be virtually impossible. As an organization committed to serving this group, A Community of Friends is acutely aware of the challenge it presents. Even though the Los Angeles region is migrating to a Coordinated … Continue reading Accelerating the Community Connection to ACOF Housing