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Dear Friends and Advocates,

As we all reflect on the verdict of Derek Chauvin, we offer, first off, healing thoughts to the family of George Floyd. We are grateful for the contributions and sacrifices made by many to see justice served in this case. The work however does not end, and we stand in solidarity against hate, and with those seeking justice. At Community Corp, we are looking at our own organization to see what more we must do to best serve our community and to rectify systemic and historical inequities. We invite you to join us in that mission and continue that work, together.

Tara Barauskas
Executive Director

🚧 Project Updates 🚧

Greenway Meadows
It is with great pride and excitement that we announce the opening of Greenway Meadows, Community Corp.'s first senior affordable housing building! 

Residents have already started moving into Greenway Meadows, which will provide 38 one-bedroom units of affordable housing to persons 62 and older. Greenway will include onsite laundry and community rooms, a library/computer lab, air conditioning, wifi, energy-efficient appliances, and a rooftop deck with barbeques. 

At a time when the need for affordable housing has become more critical than ever, we are honored to help provide the units that will make Santa Monica a more diverse, inclusive, and sustainable place for all. 
Watch Our 1819 Pico Virtual Groundbreaking Ceremony  
This week, we hosted a virtual groundbreaking ceremony centered on the theme of honoring the past and celebrating the future, to commemorate the beginning of construction at 1819 Pico -- which will soon be home to our latest affordable housing property! 

This new 48-unit property will provide much-needed affordable housing to Santa Monica families and will include a small business marketplace and café on the ground floor. If you missed the Zoom event, you can view the recording of the ceremony by clicking on the button below! 
 
Watch the Groundbreaking Ceremony
Community Corp Staff Spotlight:
Miriam Landaverde
Tell us a bit about your role at Community Corporation.
I am a Resident Services Coordinator and my focus is working with older adults.  I coordinate services for residents and connect them with local agencies to assist them in living a healthy and active life.  I also coordinate programming for our seniors across the portfolio.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I really enjoy helping the residents. I enjoy being able to see them thrive in their community.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy creating things with my hands so you can usually find me painting,  drawing and even sewing. I also love traveling and going off the beaten path on an adventure. 
What would you like people to know about affordable housing or the people we serve?
Affordable housing saves lives! Whenever possible, it is important to show support by speaking out on the importance of funding programs such as affordable housing.
Tara Barauskas to Speak on Abundant Housing LA's Housing Innovation Panel
Community Corp Executive Director Tara Barauskas will speak on Abundant Housing LA's Virtual Housing Innovation Panel on April 22 at 6:30 pm. Tara and a group of industry-leading professionals will discuss the challenges associated with delivering quality, affordable homes at below-market prices--especially in LA's expensive real estate market. 

For more information and to RSVP, check out the button below! 
Click Here to Learn More
Getting Santa Monicans Vaccinated
This past week, we partnered with Mt. Olive Lutheran Church of Santa Monica to host a vaccine clinic for Community Corp residents and staff. Thank you to all who volunteered to help ensure that our residents stay safe and protected from COVID-19! Community Corp is grateful to Pastor Eric Shafer and the staff of Mount Olive Lutheran Church and preschool for allowing us to host the Curative vaccine clinic on their property.

Photos courtesy of Maxim Elramsisy.
Read More Here

Community Events

Drive-in Movie Tickets “Wheels & Reels” Outdoor Movie Event:

Join the Autism Society of Los Angeles for their awesome Drive-In Outdoor Movie event! Complimentary tickets are available on their website linked below.

In order to receive your ticket to the ASLA's Wheels & Reels Outdoor Movie Event, please provide the following information by email to:   info@autismla.org  

1) Name

2) Vehicle Type 

3) Date Selection: Friday the 23rd OR Saturday the 24th

4) Time Selection: 6:30pm OR 9:45pm 

Click Here to Learn More
Why Affordable Housing? 

Please check out and share this excellent infographic from Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing (SCANPH).

As we near the end of the pandemic, we must continue to advocate for affordable housing options in our communities! Affordable housing allows families to live closer to economic and academic opportunities, reduces traffic and commutes, and builds sustainable, diverse, and inclusive communities!

Interested in Housing Advocacy? 
Are you passionate about housing equity in our region? We are creating a new advocates list for any housing advocacy opportunities and invite you to join in! We will e-blast any community meetings or policy discussions that you may want to participate in. Simply email Tara at tbarauskas@communitycorp.org if you would like to be on the list. Thank you for supporting affordable housing in our community!
 

Our Reading List

"LA affordable housing developer saves time and money on project for formerly homeless tenants"
By Anna Scott | KCRW

"By contrast, a typical affordable housing project in LA could get financed through a combination of city money, county money, state money and federal money, along with some form of private money, says Tara Barauskas, executive director of the nonprofit developer Community Corporation of Santa Monica. 

She calls this the “lasagna of financing,” and says that layering all the funding just right involves navigating different deadlines, different applications, and even hiring experts to deal with the bureaucracies. One project, Barauskas says, could have five to 10 funding sources." 
Read/Listen to the Full Piece Here
"To Tackle Homelessness, Santa Fe Found a Better Plan" 
By Kriston Capps | Bloomberg City Lab 

"Late that year, Webber decided to try something different. He committed the city to the “Built for Zero” strategy, an administrative philosophy that focuses on better use of data and coordination to tackle homelessness. Santa Fe is one of more than 80 communities that have taken up the Built For Zero pledge, a commitment to reduce homelessness to a standard called 'functional zero.'

When the coronavirus pandemic arrived a little more than a year later, the city was better prepared for a public health crisis that exposed vulnerable unhoused populations while threatening to increase their number." 

Read the Full Piece Here
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