PETITION TO SAVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING- KOREATOWN ROSE
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PETITION FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
We, the undersigned, stand with Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) in support of efforts to preserve affordable housing in Koreatown.
We oppose Oriental Mission Church’s plans to demolish units of affordable housing on Oxford Avenue to build parking lots. These 40 units of housing could be made available to low-income residents and should not be converted into private parking lots. Already over 35 families have been displaced including, low-income families, elderly and disabled people. Long-time residents should not be displaced from our community by irresponsible development plans.
We urge Oriental Mission Church to stand with us and the rest of the community to uphold a moral responsibility to their neighbors and to stop plans to demolish affordable housing.
The rose has become our symbol of longevity and perseverance of the Koreatown community. Masako Mochizuki, a 35-year resident of Koreatown who is threatened with displacement by OMC’s plans, planted a rosebush 35 years ago when she moved into her apartment. It still survives today in her yard.
Koreatown Immigrnat Workers Alliance's [KIWA] Mission is to empower Koreatown immigrant workers and to develop a progressive constituency and leadership in the Koreatown community that can struggle in solidarity with other underrepresented communities.
KIWA's Koreatown Equitable Development Standards;
All development in Koreatown must….
1. Seek and include meaningful participation of Koreatown residents, including low-income communities and communities of color, in decision-making for neighborhood development.
2. Respect existing community assets, including current residents, social networks, historic sites and landmarks.
3. Help reduce social and economic disparities among individuals and social groups in Koreatown neighborhood and the larger LA Metro area.
4. Improve infrastructure and appearance of the neighborhood and must include other upgrades to the neighborhood.
5. Ensure that investment benefits current residents, businesses, and cultural institutions through community benefits like amenities that serve or are owned by current residents.
6. Preserve affordability through the development of affordable units or cooperatives that are accessible for Koreatown residents, including renters.
7. Provide opportunities for small and local business development and promote alternative models to market development;
8. Preserve the current residential base and must reduce direct or indirect residential displacement risks.
9. Ensure community access to opportunities resulting from development, including those for employment, education, and safe, affordable housing shared equally by community residents.