Affordable Housing Internship-LA Voice-PICO
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This summer I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to work with a grassroots organization in Los Angeles. I chose to work with LA Voice PICO for two reasons: the first being that it was a faith based organization and secondly, it was close enough to use the horrible Los Angeles public transportation system. LA Voice is an interfaith community organizer and the Los Angeles affiliate of the PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) national network, one of the largest grassroots community organizations in the United Sates. LA Voice was officially started in 2005. Although LA Voice is a relatively small organization, its impact and influence in the city of Los Angeles is immense. One benefit of working at a small organization is that you quickly realize what the organization needs and expects from you as part of the team. I could not help organize at churches where a majority of their parishioners spoke Spanish because I was not fluent. I quickly learned that I could be very beneficial to the organization by serving as the de facto researcher. While at LA Voice I worked on three major projects. The first project was focused on the state of affordable housing in Los Angeles. The second project was dedicated to research for a Bank Accountability campaign that LA Voice is gearing up for in the near future. And the purpose of my final project was identifying progressive policies that could be implemented in Los Angeles that would lead to more affordable housing projects around Transit-oriented developments in the city.