ACT-LA creates just and equitable housing and transit systems for Los Angeles, placing the interests of low-income communities and communities of color first as we work towards a more sustainable region.

About Us

ACT-LA is a broad-based coalition made up of organizations with expertise engaging in transit justice, housing justice, environmental justice, and public health.

Our vision is an equitable transformation that benefits and centers low-income communities and communities of color throughout the county, so that these communities will be organized into an unstoppable force with ample political power.

Our Work

ACT-LA envisions Los Angeles as a transit-rich county where all people have access to quality jobs, healthy and affordable housing, ample transportation options, and a voice in decision-making. We will have a sustainable community with clean air, improved public health, and the preservation of community culture and heritage.

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Transit Justice

Transit riders in Los Angeles are overwhelmingly low-income, people of color, and/or essential workers. Over a million people in the county do not have regular access to a car—yet our transit system is unreliable and fails to adequately connect people with their jobs, school, health care and other needs. Therefore, transit justice is a key avenue for racial and economic justice, as well as climate justice, in Los Angeles county.

Our coalition’s collective vision for transit justice in Los Angeles county: Metro is a sanctuary for the public. The train and bus are fareless, consciously part of the region and integrated into people’s daily lives and neighborhoods. Metro serves the public as libraries do, a public system where people go to feel safe, access information, and receive a high level of service. Metro feels honored to serve youth of color and be a resource for all. Los Angeles is proud of how we have embraced a healthy, community-serving, world-class transit system.

Our Transit Justice Campaigns:

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Housing and Land Use Justice

Los Angeles has a history of racist and discriminatory land use practices—and a lack of investment in tenant protections and affordable housing. These historical urban planning priorities have benefited primarily white homeowners, and led to detrimental health consequences, lower life expectancy, and traumatic lived experiences for generations of low-income families and families of color.

Our vision for housing in Los Angeles county: Everyone in Los Angeles will have access to housing that fits their family’s size, needs, and budget and live in communities that are dignified spaces, in safe and healthy environments, and have access to economic, social and cultural resources. Housing is planned thoughtfully in its quality, design, amenities and size to meet our housing needs. Residents have decision-making power regarding their housing, can exercise self-determination, and more. Angelenos will build community through collective ownership of their homes and land. Everyone will have equal access to live in whichever neighborhood they choose, families can choose to stay in their homes for as long as they want, and future generations will have the choice to continue living in the same neighborhoods as their families.

Our Work:

Our Members

ACT-LA is a coalition of 45 member organizations throughout Los Angeles county. Together, we participate in advocacy, organizing, and policy-making—and collaborate on regional campaigns to improve the Southland.

Our Staff

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Marissa Ayala
Policy and Advocacy Coordinator
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Cynthia Bourjac
Capacity Building Manager
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Carmina Calderon
Campaigns and Outreach Manager
Scarlett De Leon of ACT-LA
Scarlett De Leon
Campaigns Director
Alfonso Directo Jr of ACT-LA
Alfonso Directo, Jr.
Advocacy Director
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Tala Oszkay Febres-Cordero
Applied Research Specialist, ACLS Leading Edge Fellow

Take Action

Look below for how to take action and fight for transit justice and housing and land use justice in Los Angeles. Don’t see any actions you can take? Sign up for our email updates and we’ll send you action alerts as they happen.

What’s social housing?

Missed our Social Housing 101 webinar with the LA Housing Movement Lab? Want to learn what social housing is, and how it would benefit Los Angeles? Click here to view the recording!

Resources & Updates

Resources

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Social Housing 101 [Flyer]

What is social housing? Social housing creates homes that enrich communities instead of corporate landlords. Click here to read more.…
Cover of the report The Road to Transit Equity, the Case for Universal Fareless Transit in Los Angeles. The report cover is a photograph of a Los Angeles Metro bus in front of the Downtown Los Angeles skyscrape.

Fareless Report

ACT-LA is proud to partner with member organization Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) on a new report: The…

Updates

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ACT-LA 2023 in Review

The ACT-LA coalition was hard at work this year, transforming LA’s housing and public transit systems to be more just,…

Press Advisory for April 19, 2023

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR APRIL 19, 2023 ACT-LA Housing Coalition Rallies, Demanding LA City Council Create Social Housing LA unlocked hundreds…

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“There’s very little housing available, and what is available is way out of my reach,” she said. “Eventually, I probably will have to move somewhere else because I’m never going to be able to afford a house or an apartment on my own up...”

Read "‘The Social Contract Has Been Completely Ruptured’: Ireland’s Housing Crisis" by Megan Specia for the New York Times (and learn about our work to bring social housing to scale in Los Angeles) at the link in our bio.

“There’s very little housing available, and what is available is way out of my reach,” she said. “Eventually, I probably will have to move somewhere else because I’m never going to be able to afford a house or an apartment on my own up...”

Read "‘The Social Contract Has Been Completely Ruptured’: Ireland’s Housing Crisis" by Megan Specia for the New York Times (and learn about our work to bring social housing to scale in Los Angeles) at the link in our bio.
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We *can* have fast, reliable, frequent, and quality bus service in Los Angeles.

Some of the solutions that will help create this public transit future in LA that we are working on include:
• Creating bus lanes across Los Angeles so that buses (as well as pedestrians and cyclists) have priority, not cars,
• Making LA Metro universally fare-free, so that transit becomes a safer and more attractive option, and
• Funding care-based safety programs and infrastructures - like seating, shade from trees, and transit ambassadors on rail and bus - so that transit riders feel safe and welcomed on transit.

(We also support bus operators and frontline transit staff having a quality work environment and good wages, among many other solutions.)

We will continue to work with, and put pressure on, our local agencies and offices to ensure that we create a region where our bus service is high-quality. You can learn more about our work to do this at our website: act-la.org.

We *can* have fast, reliable, frequent, and quality bus service in Los Angeles.

Some of the solutions that will help create this public transit future in LA that we are working on include:
• Creating bus lanes across Los Angeles so that buses (as well as pedestrians and cyclists) have priority, not cars,
• Making LA Metro universally fare-free, so that transit becomes a safer and more attractive option, and
• Funding care-based safety programs and infrastructures - like seating, shade from trees, and transit ambassadors on rail and bus - so that transit riders feel safe and welcomed on transit.

(We also support bus operators and frontline transit staff having a quality work environment and good wages, among many other solutions.)

We will continue to work with, and put pressure on, our local agencies and offices to ensure that we create a region where our bus service is high-quality. You can learn more about our work to do this at our website: act-la.org.
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"Welcome to Vienna, the city that may have cracked the code of how to keep inner-city housing affordable. As other cities battle spiralling rental prices, partly fuelled by inner-city apartments being used as short-term holiday rentals or being kept strategically vacant by property speculators, the Austrian capital bucks the trend. In the place that last year retained its crown as the world’s most livable city in the Economist’s annual index, Vienna’s renters on average pay roughly a third of their counterparts in London, Paris or Dublin, according to a recent study by the accounting firm Deloitte."

Read "The social housing secret: how Vienna became the world’s most livable city" by Philip Oltermann for The Guardian (and learn about our work to bring social housing to scale in Los Angeles) at the link in our bio.

"Welcome to Vienna, the city that may have cracked the code of how to keep inner-city housing affordable. As other cities battle spiralling rental prices, partly fuelled by inner-city apartments being used as short-term holiday rentals or being kept strategically vacant by property speculators, the Austrian capital bucks the trend. In the place that last year retained its crown as the world’s most livable city in the Economist’s annual index, Vienna’s renters on average pay roughly a third of their counterparts in London, Paris or Dublin, according to a recent study by the accounting firm Deloitte."

Read "The social housing secret: how Vienna became the world’s most livable city" by Philip Oltermann for The Guardian (and learn about our work to bring social housing to scale in Los Angeles) at the link in our bio.
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It's our first action alert of the year: Call in Thursday and tell @metrolosangeles to fund care-based programs so that transit riders feel safe!

Policing contracts with LA Metro have failed and not led to safety—it's instead led to the harassment of Black transit riders. Instead of looking to fund in-house Metro police, LA Metro could be funding:
• Social service and mental health outreach workers
• Transit ambassadors, elevator attendants, and bathroom attendants, and
• Increased cleaning and maintenance staff.

These are all programs that are data-backed to be successful at keeping transit riders feeling safe and comfortable on transit. Call in on Thursday, January 25th to call for funding these programs, instead of failed policing. Call-in instructions and sample script available at: go.act-la.org/actionalert (Link in bio).

It`s our first action alert of the year: Call in Thursday and tell @metrolosangeles to fund care-based programs so that transit riders feel safe!

Policing contracts with LA Metro have failed and not led to safety—it`s instead led to the harassment of Black transit riders. Instead of looking to fund in-house Metro police, LA Metro could be funding:
• Social service and mental health outreach workers
• Transit ambassadors, elevator attendants, and bathroom attendants, and
• Increased cleaning and maintenance staff.

These are all programs that are data-backed to be successful at keeping transit riders feeling safe and comfortable on transit. Call in on Thursday, January 25th to call for funding these programs, instead of failed policing. Call-in instructions and sample script available at: go.act-la.org/actionalert (Link in bio).
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