Community Corp Connect!
 Dear Friends and Advocates, 

2020 has been a year of challenges, change, and in some ways, opportunity. Community Corp. has focused our efforts on supporting our residents during this pandemic and empowering people to speak up about equity and election issues. The deep and serious inequities created by the forces of this year have taught us that we have an opportunity to serve in meaningful, impactful ways. From educating people in order to build tolerance, to partnering with other organizations to help address food insecurity, we have found new ways that we can do our part to improve lives and build community. We are especially grateful to our partners who have helped us give fresh produce and food to our residents- especially Westside Food Bank, Venice Family Clinic, Virginia Avenue Park, and Santa Monica College. We are so glad to be part of this group of impactful organizations and look forward to the opportunity to work together in 2021. This year has also been one of record donations for us from many of you – our Board members, our partners such as Snap Inc, Union Bank, Related and NEF, and individuals who have given generously to help our residents. We feel the warmth of the giving spirit in this community and in return, send you warm wishes for a healthy, safe holiday season. 2021 will be better, and we look forward to seeing what it brings, together with you.

Tara Barauskas
Executive Director

🚧 Project Updates 🚧

Greenway Meadows
We are excited that Greenway Meadows is in its final stages of development! 

Community Corp.'s first senior affordable housing building, Greenway Meadows began accepting applications earlier this month.

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

Please check out the link below to learn more about Greenway Meadows! 
Learn More Here
Vista Ballona
Construction is continuing to move forward at Vista Ballona!
Our first development outside of the City of Santa Monica, Vista Ballona will bring 50 units of affordable housing--including 12 units reserved for residents with developmental disabilities--to Mar Vista

We celebrated our groundbreaking in January, and we are so excited to see just how much progress has been made over the course of this year. 
'Tis the Season of Giving!
2020 has been a difficult year. This holiday season, many in our community are facing housing and food insecurity during what should otherwise be a time of joy and reflection. 

Over the last month, Community Corp. and other local stakeholders have participated in a number of programs envisioned to help support those in our community in need. 

The community responded in force--providing donations at rates that exceeded all expectations and working to ensure our residents feel heard and supported. This would not be possible without your generosity. Thank you for helping make a difference in our community during this difficult holiday season! 
Giving Thanks(giving)
In November, Community Corp. partnered with Santa Monica College Foundation’s Giving Thanks(giving) initiative, which provided Thanksgiving feasts to local families in need. With your donations, we were able to provide full Thanksgiving dinner kits--turkey and all--to resident families experiencing food insecurity. 

We appreciate all who donated to this heartwarming program. Thanks to your generosity, Giving Thanks(giving) was able to provide Thanksgiving dinner to more than 1,400 local families. 

On Our Reading List

"COVID-19 vaccinations begin in California as L.A. healthcare workers among first to get dose"
By Luke Money, Colleen Shalby, Maura Dolan| The Los Angeles Times 

"Five healthcare workers at the Kaiser Permanente hospital in Hollywood were among the first Californians to get the COVID-19 vaccine Monday, ushering in a new phase of a pandemic that has killed more than 21,000 people in the state and shattered the economy." 
Read the Full Piece Here
"Local community partners to provide Thanksgiving groceries to food-insecure families"
By Brennon Dixon | Santa Monica Daily Press  

"Institutions and community organizations from throughout Santa Monica joined together to make the event possible to ensure local students and families would have a delicious and nutritious meal this Thanksgiving holiday. The feast boxes were distributed through a contactless drive-thru-style pick up that was made possible by the 200 volunteers who — with smiles under face coverings and face shields — worked to ensure a safe experience for all participants." 
Read the Full Piece Here
"50-Unit Affordable Housing Complex Rises in Mar Vista"
By Steven Sharp | Urbanize Los Angeles 

"The $33.7-million project, now rising at 3960 Grand View Boulevard, will consist of a six-story edifice featuring 50 one- and two- bedroom apartment, priced for households earning between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income.  Community Corp. will set aside 12 apartments for persons with developmental disabilities." 

Read the Full Piece Here
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