Alliance for Community Transit (ACT-LA): KIWA is on the host committee for ACT-LA, a city-wide coalition of housing, transportation, and labor advocates, as well as environmental justice organizations and affordable housing developers, that seeks a sustainable transit systems and neighborhoods for ALL people in Los Angeles, placing the interests of low-income communities and communities of color first as we create a more sustainable city. Through strategic campaigns and public actions, ACT-LA is ensuring that LA’s transit expansion has the potential to benefit, rather than harm, working people and their families.
Build Better LA: Through ACT-LA, KIWA is on the coordinating committee for Build Better LA (BBLA), a ballot initiative campaign that aims to pass new legislation in Los Angeles that will ensure that affordable housing and good jobs are part of sustainable development in the City of Los Angeles.
Affordable Housing: There is a deep, unmet need for affordable housing in our neighborhood, as well as in other neighborhoods in cities around the country. In partnership with Little Tokyo Service Center, KIWA is developing affordable housing in Koreatown. Our first development, Casa Yonde, is a 52-unit, 100% affordable, LEED Platinum project with homes set aside for homeless TAY and homeless families with a mentally ill adult. With this, we seek to demonstrate that we can and must build housing that is affordable, beautiful, and environmentally sustainable.
KTown Farms: KTown Farms addresses the lack of green space in Koreatown. By targeting small, unused lots in the community and transforming them into micro-farms, this project aims to create a corridor of green space and facilitate organic food production in Koreatown. For more information on KTown Farms, click here.
Koreatown Tenants Defense Network: In partnership with the Los Angeles Foundation for Legal Aid (LAFLA), Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the Korean American Bar Association, and others, KIWA began a monthly clinic for low-income tenants. The clinic meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm at LAFLA, 1102 Crenshaw Blvd. KIWA is no longer involved in running the clinic but we are proud to have established this vital community resource with dedicated and competent housing rights advocates.