Making LA the Best Place to Live

Posted April 24, 2020 by Team LA2050

This year, we received 65 submissions in the LIVE goal category during the My LA2050 Grants Challenge. At LA2050, the LIVE goal category represents our goal that our region's residents have the economic means and cultural capital to lead active, healthy lives, and everyone benefits from a sustainable environment.

There are many fantastic ideas to look through, so we made summaries of all the proposals in this category grouped by smaller issue area: housing, health and wellness, economic empowerment, food, environment, crisis and trauma response, community-building, youth development, senior services, veteran services, journalism, and violence prevention.

Next week we'll feature the Connect Goal Category, so keep an eye out!


ONEgeneration's Shared Housing project expands critical current housing support efforts aimed at reducing the number of people facing housing insecurity by matching older adults with intergenerational groups and individuals who are seeking companionship, independence, support, and affordability. Their proposal will partner with LA Family Housing, CSUN, and Pierce College to support and implement this intergenerational Shared Housing project.

Move LA's “Boulevards of Opportunity for Affordable Housing" project will promote policies enabling affordable multifamily housing in mixed-use developments with robust urban greening and bike/pedestrian improvements along commercial boulevards served by zero-emission bus rapid transit. Partnering with UrbanFootprint, this proposal seeks to provide graphic GIS mapping and evaluative services to address LA County's needs for affordable housing near mass transit routes.

Safe Parking LA's Neighbors for Home is a grassroots initiative that aims to mobilize local residents to act around the problem of vehicular homelessness in their own neighborhoods. This proposal proposes working with Neighborhood Councils to change the landscape for people living in their vehicles by pairing specialized case management with community support otherwise unavailable to safe parking clients.

The Midnight Mission aims to help people move from homelessness to self-sufficiency by expanding their successful Health Living Program, a no-cost 12- to 18-month structured process for homeless male adults who want help to overcome their addiction.

Strategic Actions for a Just Economy and JustFix propose creating an “Eviction Prevention Tool" to connect eligible tenants with newly available eviction prevention resources and conduct an outreach/education campaign informing tenants. This proposal aims to increase tenants' ability to remain in their current homes and reduce homelessness.

The project from Back on My Feet Los Angeles supports people experiencing homelessness by reconnecting them with their community and guiding them in obtaining sustainable employment by creating running teams. This running-based program aims to restore confidence, strength, and self-esteem so that individuals are better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes, and new lives.

211 LA proposes the development of an online Homeless Resource Portal, where homeless service providers and community-based partners in LA County can share and request needed items for homeless families they serve. The proposed portal will serve as a coordination and communication tool that will allow service providers to request and share resources needed for homeless individuals and families they serve.

Los Angeles Room & Board's Open Spaces project fosters partnerships with college student housing programs to reimagine the use of their vacant dorm rooms to provide stability to community college students experiencing housing insecurity, in addition to providing supportive programs such as academic mentorship, tutoring, and job readiness.

Renovation Planners' Urban $marts LA aims to help homeowners take charge of their finances by building a backyard home to rent out, while making their dreams of entrepreneurship and wealth-building a reality, reducing their housing costs and providing safe and affordable housing.

Safe Place For Youth's Safe Pods for Youth proposes working with PodShare to offer a low-cost and immediate solution to the youth homelessness crisis by galvanizing community sponsors to fund short-term pods for $28 a night while supporting youth in finding employment, enrolling in school, and locating permanent housing.

Abundant Housing LA is committed to education and advocacy on the affordability, livability, and sustainability benefits of more housing. The organization proposes doing outreach and education on LA's housing element update by creating a FAIR Plan that aims to recommend allocating housing in a way that equitably achieves LA's housing production target.

Health & Wellness

Saban Community Clinic (SCC) plans to open a new Family Health Center to provide medical, dental, and behavioral health services to more than 1,400 patients by July 2021. The SCC hopes to provide valuable, quality healthcare to thousands of families regardless of immigration status or ability to pay, including those who are living below the poverty line.

The project from Clinica Romero aims to address the current health crisis by utilizing technology (telehealth) to provide quality, affordable, and culturally-sensitive health care and other services to the underserved communities of Greater Los Angeles regardless of their ability to pay.

Heart Touch proposes trainings at four sites for new caregiver groups in Los Angeles for 520 RNs and CNAs over a period of two years. This project strives to train healthcare providers in non-pharmacological treatment strategies for those dealing with chronic pain and aims to use compassionate touch therapy in filling this unmet need.

Young Invincibles aims to expand the scope of its proven Barbershops campaign to better connect young people from the Black and Latinx communities in Los Angeles County to the health and nutritional benefits for which they are eligible. These efforts will ensure that a generation of young people who might otherwise see their goals deferred or denied due to food and health insecurity will be connected with the resources they need.

Esperanza Community Housing Corporations hopes to expand its Promotores de Salud program to increase access to health services and decrease preventable ER use for asthma patients in low-income communities of color. This proposal aims to train 25 community participants and serve 350 families.

The project from The Wellness Arts Collective takes on the gap in access to mental health services for those who identify as LGBTQ+, BIPOC, (im)migrant, and/or low income. This project hopes to expand existing pro-bono psychotherapy and wellness services for folks in the community that are unable to pay, in addition to providing free venue space to health and wellness educators and practitioners.

The project from My Friends House addresses the question, “how well matched is the food to the true nutritional needs of food pantry clients?" By searching medical records, emergency room visits, and doing blood tests, the goal of this project is to identify true nutritional deficiencies and work to meet that specific need. This proposal aims to make changes in the foods which are emphasized by the Food Bank and local Food Pantries.

Alzheimer's Los Angeles, in partnership with SAGE, proposes producing five educational videos and a facilitator guide, profiling LGBTQ+ adults with dementia and their family caregivers, to reach an under-served and stigmatized population with information to improve their access to quality dementia healthcare.

The project from Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services aims to provide online therapy resources for the more than 80% of their clients from low-income households who do not have the means to travel for face-to-face therapy. The goal is to provide online therapy services remotely to 1,000 clients in Los Angeles.

A Place Called Home will help improve mental health and wellness outcomes for 1,000 youth in South Central LA with a wraparound approach encompassing physical and socioemotional health, nutrition, family dynamic and function, and educational support. This project will provide 20,000 hours of free individualized mental health and family services in Spanish and English, serve 34,000 meals on-site and distribute 3,000 bags of groceries to food-insecure families, and serve 1,000 youth.

Find Your Anchor seeks to expand its program distributing “mental health first aid kit" boxes, each packed materials designed to inspire, soothe, and offer support, including a “52+ Reasons to Live" deck of cards, an infographic on depression, a list of resources, posters, stickers, a bracelet, and a letter. With this proposal, 6,750 citizens of LA would receive FYA boxes.

Economic Empowerment

Golden State Opportunity plans to help hard-working Angelenos access the resources they need to take care of their families and improve their financial resiliency by leveraging their outreach and education model to provide the information and support Angelenos need to claim the millions of dollars available via tax credits, stimulus checks, and public benefit programs.

Bread Head's Community Ambassador program, working with Safe Place for Youth and Venice Community Housing, intends to inspire hired ambassadors to strengthen job readiness skills in a workforce they are passionate about while addressing issues of social isolation and bringing awareness to systemic challenges impacting housing insecurity, including malnourishment, mental illness, generational poverty, and stigmatization.

LIFT's Family Goal Fund is designed to help 400 families build a small financial buffer both in times of crisis like COVID-19 and to withstand the daily stressors that come with living in poverty and accelerate their progress towards long-term goals.

teamtaub aims to create a website and app to educate the public on how to pay household worker/nanny tax, as well as set up a "LA Tour" of live educational sessions at local schools to reach those who are currently not adhering to the law or are thinking of hiring a household worker.

urban possibilities plans to offer people sheltering at LA Mission with a digital 12-week empowerment program using writing and theater. Students perform original pieces for online graduation, followed by live talk-back and e-book.


The Dream Center Foundation aims to distribute food and programming to meet the basic needs of the surrounding community and support vulnerable families in their transition toward a more sustainable lifestyle, in addition to actively responding to the need caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

ZipMarket increases access to healthy food by enabling delivery services for local farmers' markets. This project would create and launch the ZipMarket app.

Meals on Wheels of San Pedro provides nutritious, affordable meals to those who are unable to supply it for themselves and to offer caring, personal interaction. This project aims to increase the number of clients served from 40 per day to 200 per day by replacing old equipment and increasing volunteers.

The Hollywood Food Coalition has been addressing food insecurity for 33 years by providing hot, nutritious meals to the hungry and homeless every night of the year and hopes to expand by building LA's first “Food Hub", designed to better connect excess food with hungry Angelenos in need.

United Parents And Students will partner with the American Heart Association and California FreshWorks to improve access to high-quality, fresh and affordable foods in underserved communities across Los Angeles.

LA Compost's programs aim to serve individuals with home composting opportunities, communities with education and access to a decentralized network of composting infrastructure, and the broader Los Angeles County area through regional sites for organics processing, compost creation, and continued education.

Huarache Farms plans to dramatically expand its current growing capacity by building a transparently run cooperative of backyard farms that provide sustainable and local food while keeping the majority of the money in the local economy.

elePlate aims to end commercial food waste at the source, save thousands, and unlock financially sustainable food recovery growth across LA. This project plans to work with companies to turn their kitchens into zero food waste operations.

Global Green aims to expand its Food Recovery Program, a comprehensive food rescue system that provides a sustainable solution to both hunger and environmental challenges. At least 5000 people will be fed by the food donated from the restaurants to the food banks, which will indirectly impact the population of Los Angeles due to the greenhouse gases (GHG) reduced by diverting food from the landfill.

Sprouts of Promise Foundation proposes establishing a Los Angeles Farmers' Market Coalition that will unite farmers' markets across LA, both affluent markets and those serving in food deserts, facilitating the sharing of information and resources.

Crop Swap LA will select 15 homes on a residential street to install professional gardens and rainwater harvesting systems on their front yards, back yards, and available rooftops, in addition to training and hiring a green team of gardeners to become a fleet of hyper-localized specialists.

The Urban Homestead is an established, successful, and highly productive working urban farm that has developed itself as a media authority for sustainable urban agricultural living. This project plans to improve its Urban Homestead Podcast to be a deeper, richer production; and a more reliable, frequent, and interactive show.

Share Our Strength is seeking to expand its No Kid Hungry program, a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America to ensure kids have access to meals where they live, learn, and play. The goal of its proposed "Breakfast After The Bell" project is to partner with schools in LA County to expand access and participation for breakfast by making breakfast a part of the school day.


The SeaChange Agency's project “Stand Up for The Ocean" plans to reduce LA's water pollution by increasing the amount of trash removed from the Santa Monica Bay this year by 400% and educates and empowers hundreds of underserved youth to prevent future water pollution.

U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles is launching a Healthy Building Alliance for the LA region to create a commitment that building owners, tenants, and individuals can make to provide healthy, resilient space to live, work, and play. The goal of the project is to create commitment, generate valuable data, and provide resources to support the journey for all Angelenos to experience healthy environments.

Environmental Health Coalition's Regenerate Los Angeles campaign aims to equitably phase out fossil fuel power plants by training 160 activists from frontline LA communities in the organizing and campaign skills needed to phase out LA's fossil fuel power plants.

Heal the Bay's River Report Card project plans to protect the health of Angelenos who enjoy freshwater swimming and recreation areas by providing water quality information during the hot summer months. This project will train community college students in bacterial water quality monitoring, the development of state-of-the-art public notification tools, and a targeted outreach campaign for communities living near these sites.

The Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance plans to conduct outreach throughout the neighborhood council (NC) system, educating people about the parallels between this crisis and the climate crisis, and provide NCs with the tools to identify and implement the changes we can and must make in order to be more resilient and sustainable.

Habits Of Waste's DrinkTap will be a multilingual communications campaign to inform and reassure Angeleno's that their tap water is accessible, clean and safe to drink. The #DrinkTap campaign plans to work with LADWP to tackle the massive bottled water problem.

SoCal 350 seeks to put an end to neighborhood drilling throughout LA county, support the rights of indigenous groups, find renewable energy solutions to fight climate change, put pressure on Chase Bank to #stopthemoneypipeline that's destroying the Amazon, and educate/inform Angelenos about climate change via their podcast EcoJustice Radio.

Crisis & Trauma Response

Jenesse Center aims to restore families impacted by domestic and sexual violence through holistic, trauma-informed, culturally responsive services, and advance prevention initiatives that foster and sustain healthy, violence-free communities.

LA Forward's COVID-19 crisis response work includes crisis response guides, policy development, digital mobilization, and helping to launch and coordinate the Healthy LA Coalition of over 250+ local organizations proposing concrete solutions to the many hardships caused by the pandemic.

CleanSlate's WECARE Trauma-Informed Training program plans to provide 700 people with assessment, training, and care via ten community partner organizations that work with people experiencing trauma but who are not themselves trained in trauma-informed care.

HOMEplace plans to mobilize and sustain survivors of childhood sexual assault as Liberation Arts Community Health Strategists to innovate replicable interventions for internal, interpersonal, and collective freedom from internalized and enforced systemic oppression.


The Sustainable Communities Initiative utilizes a place-based, collective-impact approach to comprehensive community development to provide a wide array of services and resources that help mitigate social, economic, and health and environmental stressors that have historically caused barriers for LMI community members to fully thrive in their communities.

The Neighborhood Resiliency Gardens project from Unycyn plans to provide opportunities for STEAM education and a canvas for public art and connect programs and projects to foster healthy civic environments with public art and urban gardens through their platform “"

Novus Think Tank's Bring Your Own Mug (BYOM) project is a community-based living and food insecurity project where visitors are encouraged to bring their own mugs to enjoy a coffee, and volunteer in BYOM's community garden in exchange for discounted produce or rent subsidization.

Cooperative Resources and Services Project's LA Eco-Village Community Hub plans to extend its outreach capacity at its community venue and urban farm (transformed from a former auto repair shop) This project aims to be a welcoming and vibrant place for LA residents to learn how to live healthier, more resilient, and less environmentally impactful lives.

Kingdom Causes Bellflower's “Strong Neighbors" program for homeless and low-income neighbors will empower people through workshops with topics like money management, life transitions, outdoor survival, self-defense, waste management, employment, and increasing income, authority interaction, organization of belongings, and property law.

Youth Development

Harvest All Resource Center's Nia Intentional Living Opportunity Youth project seeks to support youth living in South LA aged 16-24 in attaining access to mental health services, social and emotional well-being & life skills, enhanced social connections, and college and/or career engagement.

Providence Saint John's Child and Family Development Center's Nurture in Nature project aims to assess the impact of wilderness outings on mental health and well-being of two low-income groups and aims to provide opportunities to experience respite from daily stress and connect with other families in a supportive environment.

Peer Health Exchange will train nearly 315 college student volunteers to teach a 14-week skills-based health program to over 3,350 9th grade students in under-resourced communities across LA.

Root & Wings Institute of Social and Emotional Learning's Good Life Academy plans to expand its existing program, Good Life Academy, a virtual platform that will provide free online psychological support for teens and parents throughout LAUSD.

Senior Services

Valley InterCommunity Council plans to help seniors thrive by providing nutritionally balanced meals, socialization (post-COVID19), case management, transportation, and more.

Veteran Services

Community Veteran Justice Project plans to expand assistance to LA area Veterans and their families by ensuring clients receive the maximum benefit from the California Veteran alternative sentencing statutes.


LAist aims to take the traditions and trust they've built to transform their “How To LA" guide into a “How To New LA" guide, serving a critical need as Los Angeles recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Report for America plans to field four full-time 'corps members' – emerging journalists – who will report on under-covered communities and topics in the greater Los Angeles area: environment and sustainability; homelessness, affordable housing, and development; education and young people; transportation; and minority communities.

Mother Jones plans to expand their coverage and reporting resources in Los Angeles, going deep on the biggest stories of the moment that impact Angelenos, including affordable housing, homelessness, access to healthy food, immigration, and other important issues.

Violence Prevention

International Association for Human Values proposes training 100 former gang members from across all neighborhoods of LA as Ambassadors of Nonviolence, empowering them to train community members in nonviolence practices and host a Peace Innovation Summit in 2021 to promote entrepreneurial solutions to the socio-economic challenges in their communities.