Advocacy and Community Engagement
In order to ensure lasting impact, VCH recognizes the necessity to impact public policy and focus on systemic change. To that end, we participate in a wide range of advocacy issues aligned with our mission. Building on our long-established presence in Venice, and commitment to serving the interests of low income people, we are dedicated to increasing awareness of issues surrounding homelessness and to advocating for local, state and federal policies that sustain vibrant and diverse communities.
Our goals include contributing VCH’s unique voice and experience regarding homelessness and housing to advocacy work aligned with our mission; engaging tenants, students, and other residents in advocacy efforts and effective community organizing partnerships; and increasing voter engagement among low-income and homeless communities in Venice and throughout the westside of Los Angeles.
VCH has an advocacy committee, comprised of Board, staff, tenants, students and other community leaders, focused on developing VCH’s positions and approaches to addressing homelessness, affordable housing, and other progressive policies in Los Angeles and on the Westside. Our current efforts are focused on preserving affordable housing and protecting tenant rights in Venice, as well as education and engagement around the need to expand affordable and permanent supportive housing in our target neighborhoods and across the City.
The advocacy committee has also developed an Arts Initiative, known as Arts Community Collective (Arts C2; ArtsCSquared). Arts C2 engages regional and local artists, residents, and community members to implement visual arts within the Venice area and provide a valuable cultural opportunity for our tenants, students, Venice residents and surrounding communities.
For more information regarding our Advocacy efforts and/or to get involved please contact our office at (310)399-4100