Equitable Transit-Oriented Communities (TOCs)
Los Angeles is making a groundbreaking $160 billion investment in public transportation. Now we must ensure it is accessible to those who need it most. Research shows that transit investment often drives up housing costs near transit corridors, which pushes out people that use it most. ACT-LA has brought together a broad, diverse coalition to create policies to ensure equitable transit-oriented communities; this means establishing housing affordability and community-serving economic development near transit.
How We Work
ACT-LA unites community organizers and resident leaders from across the city to win campaigns for quality jobs, affordable housing and transit equity. We provide organizing support and coordination to grassroots organizations through an organizing committee made up of community organizing staff and resident leaders from various organizations.
Our coalition draws upon our members’ collective expertise to develop policies that address our core issues including land use, housing, jobs, transit and environmental sustainability.
Through strategic advocacy we impact local and state policy, influence planning processes throughout Los Angeles County, and elevate research on our issues to inform public opinion.
Dozens of organizations from neighborhoods across LA have come together to build off local victories and have greater impact in the city and county. Our coalition unites grassroots groups deeply rooted in their communities with “grasstops” organizations under a common agenda to bring to policy makers throughout the city, county and state.
To win on our campaigns, we have formed strong partnerships with public agencies, the labor movement, and academic institutions.
ACT-LA is reshaping the narrative on gentrification and displacement in LA through strategic communications efforts, from social and traditional media to theatrical performances and digital storytelling. We strive to spread the stories of LA residents most impacted by neighborhood transformations that follow public transit infrastructure expansion.