On Feb. 16, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) joined Councilmember Price to receive the All-America City Award. Presented by the National Civic League, the All-America City Award (AAC) is a national prestigious award given to 10 cities annually to recognize communities that have successfully leveraged civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness, and innovation to address local challenges.
The City of Los Angeles and HACLA have been recognized for their involvement in the national Campaign for Grade Level Reading-A 13-year collaborative partnership between HACLA, the Mayor’s Office, Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Public Library and its partners to address learning loss and ensure families receive access to supplemental educational support to pass the third grade reading exam.
The Campaign for Grade Level Reading was launched in 2009 in Council District 9 through a partnership with the Los Angeles Library. It was a strategic partnership to link families in public housing to library resources. Spearheaded by Councilman Price, the partnership morphed into an expanded partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Mayor’s office to respond to the educational needs of families in public housing through access to books, the establishment of book clubs, tutoring resources and a deeper partnership with LAUSD on partnering to improve academic outcomes.