On December 22, 2017, Alejandra Flores and her two daughters received the keys to their brand new apartment in Cielito Lindo, East LA Community Corporation’s newest affordable housing development.
“I will never forget the day they handed over the keys, it’s a moment no one will be able to take away from me,”
Alejandra was looking for a place with affordable rent and enough space for three people which to her seemed impossible to find. For years she shared a studio with her two daughters and just happened to hear about East LA Community Corporation from a friend. As soon as she heard applications were open for a new development, she applied.
“Living in affordable housing is a blessing. You don’t realize the dramatic change that occurs in your day to day life,” Alejandra says. “I notice a difference in my relationship with my daughters even in the way we spend time together.”
Alejandra recalls having to choose between rent and other expenses. “I never wanted to be late or short on the rent, so I had to take away from my food budget and we sometimes went without,” she says. “I spent my days stressed just thinking about making the payment at the end of every month.”
In the future, Alejandra will join our First Time Home-buyer Workshop, because one of her dreams is owning a home.
“The help that we receive from this apartment is a blessing, a step toward success, and an immense help,” says Alejandra. “It is my hope that other people get the opportunity to experience it.”
ELACC advocates for economic and social justice in Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles by building grassroots leadership, developing affordable housing and neighborhood assets, and providing access to economic development opportunities for low and moderate income families.