Trust South LA
T.R.U.S.T. South LA works with low-income community residents to transform the built environment and social conditions in South Los Angeles by: serving as a steward for community-controlled land; being a catalyst for values-driven, community-serving development; building awareness and community leadership in issues of housing, transportation and recreation; and creating programs and initiatives that encourage community building and economic opportunity.
T.R.U.S.T. South LA (founded in 2005 under the name Figueroa Corridor Community Land Trust) is a community-based initiative to stabilize the neighborhoods south of downtown Los Angeles, where increased property values and rents have pushed out many long-term residents. Over the last decade, as government and corporate efforts have helped to establish Downtown Los Angeles as a 24/7 ‘Live-Work-Play’ city, long-time residents that have actually lived, worked and played in downtown and in the surrounding areas for many decades are being forced out of their communities due to real estate pressures, which have minimally lessened even under the current economic recession.
Low-income residents of South Los Angeles neighborhoods have power to shape the development of housing, recreation and open space in a manner that promotes economic vitality and healthy environments.
As an organization, we commit to:
•Educating and developing our consciousness, skills, and experience individually and collectively. We take responsibility to understand the context of the community, and our environment and together create a strategic plan.
•Developing a new generation of leadership through sharing tools, knowledge and creating opportunities for youth. Intentionally take a step back to allow for youth and young adults to step in and take ownership of their learning and participation.
•Working together to create a local economy and a community that has control over the use of the land.
•Taking responsibility to take care of the earth, minimize what we take from her, and help heal what has been harmed.
•Taking responsibility to delegate work in an ethical and responsible manner. Share knowledge and skills with others.
•Maintaining our minds and hearts open and have flexibility to adapt to changes. Be curious and experiment with new ideas.
•Maintaining credibility through transparent structures of communication and access to information such as: decision making processes, resources, funding, alliances, challenges, and successes.
•The inclusion of all people, regardless of gender race, class, sexual orientation, nation of origin, immigration status, physical ability, religious and spiritual beliefs, etc.
•Creating a structure in which we can make collective decisions.