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