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ABOUT US

The PUEDE Center will be the new branch of services operating under the umbrella of Pico Union Housing Corporation (PUHC). PUHC was created in 1971 with a mission to provide affordable housing to low and moderate income persons and job opportunities. It has expanded its original mission to include social programs that are aimed at improving the community and economic welfare of the Pico Union residents. It has pursued this goal through the preservation and development of affordable housing, creation of jobs, organizing the small businesses in the area and by bringing various types of services to its residents and businesses.

 

Our programs empower the community’s residents by increasing their self-sufficiency through education, job training and job experience in its real estate development and management activities. This project will have and apprenticeship program that will train Pico Union youth to restore historical homes and construction, and an educational component that will assist teens and adults in finishing high school or acquiring their GED, and prepare them for college. The Programs and Services are aimed at the ultimate goal of creating wealth and build assets for the community.

 

Our Approach

We provide customized educational programs, job training and job placement in the development of affordable housing. Residence participate in the centers mobility programs and services, such as the Money Smart Training Program, Workforce Development, Business Incubator, and Computer Training Courses and Historical Restoration and Construction Trades Apprenticeship Program; where local youth will learn construction and historical restoration trades.
The ultimate goals of PUHC is to: i) reduce the Pico Union Community’s dependence on welfare; ii) reduce the unemployment index; iii) decrease school dropout rates and; iv) help local constituents develop programs and strategies to increase their net worth.

Move on and Restoration Project

The Arapahoe Home’s Move-on Project involves the relocation and full restoration of two turn of the century architectural structures. They will be into a vacant lot, located at 1115 Alvarado Street, Los Angeles, CA 90006; which is approximately 27,600 square feet and is large enough to accommodate both structures. The structures, combined, will house the Pico Union Economic Development and Enterprise Center. Each home with its own purpose. One house the mobility programs and services, the second structure hosting the Historical Restoration and Construction Trades Apprenticeship Program.

Wealth Creation Program

• Homebuyer and Business Education Program
• Homebuyer Assistance Grant and Loan Program
• Historical Restoration Program
• Real Estate Development

Neighborhood Business Revitalization Programs

• Business Assistance Center
• Façade Improvement
• Business Network / Chamber of Commerce
• Business Incubator

Self-Sufficiency Programs

• Trade and Apprenticeship Center
• College Preparation Center
• Money Smart Training Program
• Computer Training Courses

 

 


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Pico Union Housing Corporation (PUHC)

 


 

Pico Union Housing Corporation was born out of neighborhood residents’ ongoing socio-economic struggles. Since 1965 PUHC has aspired to meet local needs by providing facilities and social services that enrich our community.

PUHC has been a recognized community economic development organization for over 35 years. One hundred percent of the housing in the 885 units of affordable housing we presently own and operate serves low- and very low-income families. By reducing welfare assistance and unemployment rates as well as decreasing school dropout rates, we assist our constituents in creating and generating wealth. We prepare youth to enter the workforce through high-demand jobs which pay a living wage. Creating entrepreneurial opportunities for youth and adults strengthens economic growth in our multi-racial, predominantly-Latino community.

Our mission at Pico Union Housing Corporation is to develop and preserve affordable housing. PUHC emphasizes home ownership, the establishment of effective community organizations and facilities, and the creation of economic development strategies that benefit low-income residents and preserve our rich cultural heritage and built environment.

As an organization firmly rooted in the needs of the community, we see preservation as a powerful community development tool. It instills a sense of neighborhood pride while valuing residents’ contributions.

 

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PUEDE Center Services

Homebuyer and Business Education Program

 

Homebuyer Education is paramount especially for first-time purchasers. This program will provide technical assistance and educational seminars to prepare families for the purchase of their first home. The program aims to increase home ownership in underrepresented communities, low-to moderated income households, and people of color. Classes are mandatory for recipients of the grant and loan assistance program. Some of the topics covered explain what home ownership is all about. The Class includes:
Pre-Acquisition Class (80% of class) – When making such a major investment decision, a person should learn about the purchase and financing process.
Post-Acquisition Class (20% of class) – Moving people into home ownership is part of building assets, but maintaining equity and sustainability are the keys to wealth building. Topics covered are keeping good credit, keeping predators at bay, and understanding equity lines of credit.

 

Homebuyer Assistance Grant and Loan Program

 

Information and Technical assistance on flexible loan programs, soft seconds and alternative financing. Proposed programs:
Second Mortgage Loan Program (City of Los Angeles) – Available to first time home buyers of low and moderated income means.
Cal Home Second Mortgage Loan Program (Department of Housing and Community Development) – Second mortgage loans to first time home buyers of low and very low income means.
Lease-Purchase Home Ownership Assistance Program (California Communities Housing and Finance Agency)-Home ownership opportunities for low to moderate income buyer via a lease to purchase approach. The program makes home ownership available to buyers without a large down payment and to those buyers who do not have a perfect credit history.
Homeowners Occupied Rehabilitation Program – Los interest loans are available for Senior Citizens in addressing quality of life, safety and modernization rehabilitation work.
American Dream Individual Development Account Program (IDA) – Provides a dollar per dollar match deposited in this in this savings account. The program assists families whose incomes are less than 200% of the Federal poverty level; or individual and/or Families who received the Earned Income Tax Credit or Individuals and/or Families who earn 80% or less of the Los Angeles County Median Income.

 

Historical Restoration Program

 

1. This program will provide homeowners within the Historical Preservation Overlay Zone assistance with restoration of their homes and information on the allowed changes and codes pertaining to restoration of historical homes.
2. Real Estate Development
Acquisition of additional rental units

 


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Project Description

 
Pico Union Economic Development and Enterprise Center is the new branch of services operating under the umbrella of Pico Union Housing Corporation (PUHC). PUHC was created in 1971 with a mission to provide affordable housing to low and moderate income persons and job opportunities. It has expanded its original mission to include social programs that are aimed at improving the community and economic welfare of the Pico Union residents. It has pursued this goal through the preservation and development of affordable housing, creation of jobs, organizing the small businesses in the area and by bringing various types of services to its residents and businesses.

PUHC strives to create empowerment for its residents by increasing their self-sufficiency through education, job training and job experience in its real estate development and management activities. This project will have and apprenticeship program that will train Pico Union youth to restore historical homes and construction, and an educational component that will assist teens and adults in finishing high school or acquiring their GED, and prepare them for college. The Programs and services are aimed at the ultimate goal of creating wealth and build assets for the community.

providers

 

Pico Union Housing Center Corporation and
PUEDE Center
Servicing Providers

Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE)

• Phuong(Bruce)Le:
• ple@pacela.org
• (323) 286-2656

Archdiocesan Youth Employment (AYE)

•Robert L. Gutierrez:
• Secretary Email: robert@aye-la.org ; ryness@aye-la.org
• (213) 736-5456, Ext. 8466

L.A. Community Legal Center and Educational Inc.

• Rafael Barajas
• rbarajas@laclcedu.org
• Office: (323) 589-2089

Cross Roads C.A.C.

• AndyZubia

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In Unison

• Claes Nobel (Chairman)
• cnoble@inunison.org
• David S. Honda (President)
• david@inunison.org
• Joel Mills (Vice President)
• joelm@inunison.org • (626) 367-2926
• Jeanne Holm (Director of Education)

Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC)

• Dr.MarcelOliva
• marcelaolivaprofessor@gmail.com
• (310) 994-1185