LURN addresses the root causes of poverty by merging good urban policy with sound economic development initiatives that reduce barriers, increase opportunity, strengthen local economies, and empower low-income residents and entrepreneurs across Los Angeles.
Our programs and initiatives seek to uplift those who face the most obstacles to social and economic opportunity. LURN empowers communities by prototyping innovative, scalable solutions that seek systems change, generating models that can be replicated and applied to all types of urban environments.
We engage in policy efforts that address root causes of inequity in four “Areas of Impact:” Economic Development, Land-Use, Housing & Ownership, and Leadership Development.
We provide access to capital, resources, and coaching to underserved entrepreneurs in low-income neighborhoods to help them stabilize and grow their businesses.
We build cross-sector coalitions and convene local leaders and practitioners annually to workshop issues in our cities and find solutions to leverage our collective power.
We deployed over $170,000 in capital to 15 low-income food entrepreneurs and home based businesses, many of whom are street vendors.
100% of our borrowers have maintained perfect repayment records, with 69% of borrowers paying more than their minimum payment every month.
We delivered over 89,500 lbs of fresh and affordable produce to 60 small markets located in underserved, food desert communities.
We convened over 3,500 community development practitioners and multi-disciplinary professionals to come together to dream up actionable solutions to the problems we see in our cities.