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Esperanza Community Housing Corporation is a social justice non-profit that achieves comprehensive, long-term community development in the Figueroa Corridor of South Central Los Angeles. Low-income community residents of all ages and ethnicities are the foundation of Esperanza's grassroots work. Esperanza creates opportunities for growth, security, participation, and recognition by developing and preserving affordable housing; ensuring quality education; promotion health and access to care; stimulating involvement in the arts, science and culture; pursuing economic development; and advocating for progressive public policy and human rights. Esperanza works collaboratively through partnerships to strengthen our neighborhood. In all our actions Esperanza builds hope with the community.
Esperanza is a nationally recognized multi-faceted organization engaged in comprehensive community development accomplished through our focus on programs in housing, health, art and culture and economic development in South Central Los Angeles. Our Housing Program has developed and maintained 165 multi-bedroom units of quality housing. The Community Health Training Program has trained 394 bilingual residents of our neighborhood who have reached thousands of medically under served families and guiding community health. Esperanza’s Health Homes Program (HHP) has conducted extensive research on slum housing and health in Downtown and South Los Angeles, has partnered with community agencies to develop a public health framework for addressing slum housing, and has developed a successful health promoter-based strategy for working with families to improve their health and housing conditions. Esperanza’s economic development project, Mercado La Paloma is a site of transformative change. The project rehabilitated a former garment factory into a vibrant marketplace housing 13 small businesses and 7 community-serving non-profit organizations that have helped revitalize the neighborhood.