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NHS Center for Sustainable Communities celebrates one year

“The ability of a people to not just survive, but to thrive in neighborhoods of opportunity is what motivates us"

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NHS CEO Lori Gay speaks to attendees during Center for Sustainable Communities event. Photo courtesy of CSC

Community Sustainability Summit, Information Fair, Farmer’s Market May 19 and 23

COMPTON (MNS) – Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County (NHS), will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a Community Sustainability Summit, Information Fair, and Farmer’s Market, May 19 and 23, at the Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC), 1051 W. Rosecrans Ave., Compton [MAP].

Partnering with Metro Community Development Corporation and Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation, NHS continues to address systemic issues affecting underserved communities in L.A. County through the NHS Sustainable Communities Initiative, which is celebrating one year of service at The CSC.

Over the past year, The CSC has reached 51,000 households, trained 99 entrepreneurs and local businesspeople, created or retained 53 jobs for youth, and provided 305 pounds of vegetables for food insecure families.

“The ability of a people to not just survive, but to thrive in neighborhoods of opportunity is what motivates us at NHS to address growing challenges in targeted communities and continue our Sustainable Communities Initiative,” said Lori R. Gay, president and chief executive officer of NHS.

“Our work allows NHS to open access to healthy nutritious food, develop affordable green housing located near transit hubs, and provide greater resources for advancement with affordable lending; one family, one home, one business at a time,” Gay said.

Partnerships with PCR and Metro CDC have been instrumental in the continuing success of Compton’s CSC. PCR hosts the Small Business Development Center as part of a nationwide SBDC program that partners with federal and private entities to provide small business owners access to free management consulting, low-cost entrepreneurial education, and valuable business resources.

Metro CDC implements numerous youth and family development programs in Compton and throughout Los Angeles County. Metro uses urban agriculture and construction initiatives as ways to help empower Compton youth to their full potential as a great city with great people.

The One-Year Anniversary celebrations include:

Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Farmer’s Market and Information Fair: Fresh produce, food and tastings, health screenings, gardening demos, and activities for kids with music by KJLH 102.3 FM.

Wednesday, May 23, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Community Sustainability Summit: A light breakfast and lunch will be served with panel discussions on Community Sustainability and economic empowerment, Equity and Community Engagement.

The Sustainable Communities Initiative serves as a catalyst for achieving broader community and personal empowerment goals that will help low-income families most adversely impacted by economic divestment.

Guests confirmed to participate at the Summit include, Mayor Aja Brown, Bob Combs, Metro CDC; Constance Anderson, Pacific Coast Regional; David Ford, Southern California Edison; Jackie Dupont Walker, Ward Economic Development Corporation; Larry Foundation, Green Dot Schools; Lori Gay, NHS of L.A. County; Melody Winter-Head; Federal Reserve Bank; Sal Mendoza, City National Bank; Stephanie Wiggins, L.A. Metro; and Van Scott, Bridge Housing.

Media inquiries should be directed to Lori Gay, (213) 381-2862, lgay@nhslacounty.org


About NHS of Los Angeles County

Since 1984, NHS has developed and rehabilitated over 21,000 housing and commercial units, placed 4.4 million families on the road to homeownership, created 225 block clubs, employed 235 neighborhood youth, and created 58,000 jobs. NHS is the largest non-profit affordable homeownership provider in Southern California.

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