One LA works on issues that emerge from the interests and values of its member institutions.
We work on issues that emerge from the interest and values of our member institutions.
Leadership Development – One LA's primary work is to develop leaders in congregations, schools, and non-profits to help their institutions strengthen and grow, and help them act on the issues that are important to them.
Access to Mental Health Services- One LA-IAF Leaders held over 300 community conversations with residents across Los Angeles County. We heard stories of children, young adults, and parents struggling with their mental health and many times being unable to find the care they needed. Out of these house meetings we have formed a mental health strategy team to hold research actions with elected officials and experts to explore the opportunities to increase access to mental health services. We have engaged 4 of the 5 county supervisors, the mayor of LA and with health plans like LA Care Health and Kaiser, who collectively serve over 2 million Medi-Cal patients. In these meetings we have lifted up the experiences of everyday families and the gaps in mental health services. Our strategy has been to identify the role of those in power, to have a deep understanding of the potential resources that could be allocated to these services, and to build a base of power around this issue.
Housing/Homelessness – One LA has fought for rental assistance funds and tenant protections to prevent people from losing their homes during the pandemic. In the past, One LA helped pass ballot measures to build permanent supportive housing and supported the linkage fee in the City of LA that generates money for affordable housing. In total, these victories have generated billions of dollars to provide homes for unhoused people.
Justice for Working Families – In 2020, One LA successfully advocated for the expansion of the California Earned Income Tax Credit (Cal EITC) to undocumented workers and their families. Previously, undocumented workers were denied the tax credit even though they were paying taxes. Many are essential workers who ensured that important services continued during the pandemic shut-down. The Cal EITC expansion brings $125 million per year to low-income families.
Public Transportation – One LA led a 4-year campaign, with allies, to shape and pass Measure M to raise $120 billion for new rail lines, improved bus service, and street/highway projects, which will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and make traveling to work, school, or place of worship easier for people across LA County.
Health Care for All – One LA won an agreement from the LA County Department of Health Services to conduct healthcare enrollment at our member institutions. We trained 350 leaders to hold over 100 events which helped enroll 146,000 to date. We fought to create MyHealthLA to cover undocumented residents, securing $6 million more in funds. In early 2021, One LA urged LA County to promote access to COVID-19 vaccines in the neighborhoods that have the highest infection and mortality rates by working with trusted, local institutions. One LA institutions have provided vaccines to 5,000 people by using a comprehensive, neighborhood-based organizing strategy that builds relationships and trust between community residents and health care providers.
Education Reform and Equity – One LA has organized to pass school bond measures, developed ‘Alliance Communities’ of parents, educators and neighbors in support of schools, launched the Algebra Project in two high schools, and is organizing to act on neighborhood issues that effect educational success.
On May 5, 2020, One LA partnered with sister organizations across California to advocate for the expansion of the California Earned Income Tax Credit (Cal EITC) to undocumented workers, many of whom were essential workers. Through the Cal EITC $12.5 million went to support vulnerable families across the state. The victory paved the way for an effective method of administering the Golden State Stimulus, sending money directly to undocumented families who would have not had meaningful access previously.