Environmental Justice

Esperanza Community Housing runs a number of environmental justice programs:

Semillas de Esperanza (Seeds of Hope) led by Esperanza’s Gardening Project Coordinator, Sandy Navarro, is an initiative  to increase community access to fresh fruits and vegetables by means of planting edible gardens in South Central Los Angeles. Over the past few months, Sandy has been working on mobilizing community residents to discuss the development of the gardens and connecting them with the necessary resources to ensure project sustainability. The first garden was initiated at Villa Esperanza (Villa) as a communal garden in addition to assigned garden boxes.

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For more information contact:
Sandy Navarro
Project Coordinator, Seeds of Hope
Tel: 213-748-7285 x 227
Email:sandy@esperanzacommunityhousing.org
3655 South Grand Avenue #280
Los Angeles, CA 90007

People Not Pozos is a grassroots program dedicated to the prioritization of people over corporate profits in the pursuit of a healthy living environment. The program developed out of a growing concern in University Park for the persistence of noxious gases. Local community leaders, students, and community health Promoters organized community meetings to collect stories and concerns from the neighborhood. It is this community collaboration that would lead to the development of People Not Pozos.

In an effort to gather reliable information about the air quality and health issues in the community, People Not Pozos has collaborated with Global Community Monitor and Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles. As a result, PNP has received training and materials related to air quality monitoring, and has already performed two air samples and surveyed 100+ households on health conditions to oil and natural gas emissions.

Our mission is to secure a safe and healthy environment by educating, empowering, and working in unison with all community members.

As the world population continues to grow, the importance of the land we live on becomes increasingly apparent. Although the campaign is currently focused on our local community, ‘We hope to use this place like a model for other communities with the same struggle,” says local resident Sandy Navarro. It is time we all pay greater attention to the air we breath and the land we use.

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For more information contact:
Sandy Navarro
Project Coordinator, People Not Pozos
Tel: 213-748-7285 x 227
Email:sandy@esperanzacommunityhousing.org
3655 South Grand Avenue #280
Los Angeles, CA 90007