Nonprofit Spotlight: TRUST South LA

Trust South LA has a presence at Renters Day at City Hall.

TRUST South LA has a presence at Renters Day at City Hall.

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What is your organization’s purpose? 

T.R.U.S.T. South LA works with low-income community residents to transform the built environment and social conditions in South Los Angeles by:  serving as a steward for community-controlled land; being a catalyst for values-driven, community-serving development; building awareness and community leadership in issues of housing, transportation and recreation; and creating programs and initiatives that encourage community building and economic opportunity.

When was your organization founded? 

In 2005, under the name Figueroa Corridor Community Land Trust

Which areas does your organization serve?

Neighborhoods south of Downtown L.A.

Trust South LA

Local residents participate in the South L.A. CicLAvia | TRUST SouthLA

What services does your organization provide? 

TRUST South LA works to build community control over land to ensure affordable, healthy housing opportunities and related community-serving uses. We have raised $5 million in equity from private and public sources for land acquisition, in conjunction with our affordable housing development partner Abode Communities. TRUST South LA also works toward maximizing mobility and recreational activity in our community to support healthy living and economic vitality. Through policy work, relationships, and resources, we will expand our open streets initiatives to create community –serving space in public streets and on underutilized land throughout our neighborhoods, as well as working toward the improvement of bike and pedestrian infrastructure linked to housing and transit.

What are your organization’s recent accomplishments? 

After a 15 month tenant-led campaign, the multi-billionaire slumlord owner of Rolland Curtis Gardens agreed to sell the 2.3 acre property to TRUST South LA and Abode Communities – preserving 48 units of affordable housing 1 block from USC and in front of the new Expo/Vermont light rail stop.

We have also institutionalized mapping as a method for advocacy and resource to identify community assets through participatory mapping to promote bike friendly streets. Mapping has served to engage neighbors in a public conversation about the future of South LA for bicycles, food, and sustainable development.

Contact: Malcolm Harris (Director of Programs & Organizing), [email protected], (323) 233-4118




Address: 4331 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90037

Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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