HISTORY




Union de Vecinos
was founded in 1996 to fight against the demolition of the Pico Aliso Public Housing projects. Two decades later we have grown into a Network of Neighborhood and Issue Committees promoting economic and environmental justice, civic engagement, affordable housing, and building healthy and stable communities.  We do this through community organizing, popular education and direct action.  Over the past twenty years our major accomplishments have been: 

Right to housing

• Stopped the privatization of public housing in the City of Los Angeles for 2014 (impacting 22,000 residents)

• Won a lawsuit against HACLA for illegal rent increases (benefiting 3,200 families)

• Built the LA Human Right to Housing Collective, a Citywide multi-cultural coalition that bring together homeless, tenants, and public housing residents in the struggle for services, to expand rent control rights and protect public housing in collaboration with LACAN 

• Convinced the LA City Council to form a city-wide task force to propose recommendations for Rent Control Reform

• Successful in swearing in one of our members as a Housing Authority of City of LA Board of Commissioner (HACLA), which increased public housing resident participation

• Stopped HACLA’s plan to eliminate 14 public housing developments for a 3 year period (benefiting 22,000 residents)

• Developed a community based housing inspection program for the City of Maywood (benefiting 25,760 tenants)

• Passed 2 advisory measures in Maywood protecting families from the demolition of their homes (benefiting 28,000 families)

• Organized, drafted, and passed Just Cause Ordinance in the City of Maywood (benefiting 25760 tenants)

 •Formed the first Tenants Union in East Los Angeles (533 members)

• Brought Housing Code Enforcement Inspections back to Council District 14 after a 2 year absence (benefiting 69,000 tenants)

Right to clean air and water

• Passed AB 240 with Assemblyman Rendon which makes private California mutual water companies accountable and transparent to their users including tenants (500 water companies serving thousands of families)

• Took over a local mutual water company in the city of Maywood and change the bylaws to increase tenants access into company (benefiting 25,760 tenants)

Right to healthy and safe neighborhoods

• Transformed 15 public spaces in boyle heights and the city of maywood from unsafe and run down area not community spaces used for fairs, mercados, meetings, and community celebrations (benefitting 4,500 residents)

• Organized and won two new parks in the City of Maywood (benefiting 2,500) residents

• Passed a law in the city of maywood that allows for street vendors to obtain vending permits (impacting 30 street vendors in one square mile)

• Reprioritized how the the city of LA distributed resources for basic services (benefiting 5, 500 residents in Boyle Heights who received services)

Civic Engagement

• Trained 400 volunteers who have mobilized close to 40,000 voters in the city of LA and the City of Maywood in a 2 year period