Blessed Sacrament Church, along with 50 other congregations, is part of LA Voice which in turn is part of the PICO National Network. We are a multiracial, interfaith community organization whose mission is to unite people from diverse backgrounds to improve the quality of life in Los Angeles and for our own Hollywood and parish residents.
Our leaders are trained by LA Voice, and our efforts are focused on working for the dignity of those with the greatest need: the formerly incarcerated, undocumented immigrants, and poor families, especially children. We are committed to creating a city and county with racial justice, economic opportunity and abundant life for all.
The fruits of our labor include:
In 2002 LA Voice obtained a signed pledge from former Mayor James Hahn and then-Councilman Eric Garcetti for a $100 million trust fund to build more Affordable Housing in the City of Los Angeles. Due to this agreement, there are today about 10 buildings designated for affordable housing around Hollywood, including one for homeless individuals.
In 2008, LA Voice performed a major role in the negotiations of a CBA (Community Benefits Agreement) for hiring local residents in the construction of the “W” Hotel, with preferences for local hires in the stores and businesses in the project. The negotiations also included earmarking 78 affordable housing units, which many of our parishioners were able to obtain.
In 2012, here at Blessed Sacrament, LA Voice hosted a Citizenship Workshop to help eligible immigrants fill out and send in their paperwork for naturalization. Also in 2012, LA Voice played a major role in the passing of Proposition 30, which provided more money for our schools.
In 2014, leaders engaged thousands of registered voters in support of Proposition 47, which changed six “felony” charges for minor crimes into “misdemeanors.” This funneled millions of dollars of savings from our prison system into rehab and prevention programs that helped former inmates reintegrate fully into their communities as citizens.
In 2015, we obtained a unanimous vote from the County of Board of Supervisors to provide $100 million of affordable housing in the County of Los Angeles. LA Voice continues to work with the Housing Committee on its implementation. In addition, we assisted hundreds of parishioners and community residents with information on obtaining drivers licenses under AB60, the new California law.
- Affordable housing for the lowest income earners and support for initiatives to address the homeless crisis.Trained parish leaders have been collecting signatures from LA City registered voters in an effort to qualify the Build Better LA (BBLA) initiative for the November ballot. BBLA will increase affordable housing in neighborhoods where it is most needed and encourage local hiring.
- Immigration relief and reform.
Leaders organized a “Citizenship Fair” at the Blessed Sacrament School Auditorium on June 18, in which they assisted dozens of documented residents with filling out application forms to obtain US citizenship.
When We Meet
The LA Voice Blessed Sacrament LOC (Local Organizing Committee) meets on the first Tuesday of every month,
from 7:00 – 8:45PM.
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