Select LDC Project Descriptions

San Diego Housing Commission:

San Diego Housing CommissionProject Name: Addressing the Housing Affordability Crisis in San Diego and Beyond: An Action Plan for San Diego Civic Leaders

Area of Expertise: Affordable Housing

For this scope of work, LDC crafted an action plan for the Housing Commission with extensive input and review from housing industry leaders. The report includes programmatic and tactical action steps to address the rising costs and inadequate supply of housing in San Diego, one of the country’s least affordable housing markets. The report’s recommendations aim to boost production and reduce costs for both affordable and market rate housing.

Click here to read the full report.

 

City of San Diego:

City of San DiegoProject Name: City of San Diego 5-Year Consolidated Plan

Area of Expertise: Strategic Planning; Community Engagement and Outreach; Community and Economic Development

LDC created the City of San Diego 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and 2015 Action Plan, which helps to determine community needs and allocation of funds to assist low-to-moderate income (LMI) individuals and families. The planning process to create the Consolidated Plan served as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing, economic, and community development priorities.

LDC’s community outreach plan was multi-faceted and sought to target LMI residents. As part of this project, LDC conducted extensive stakeholder outreach. Approximately 1,691 entities, organizations, agencies, and persons were contacted directly during our outreach efforts and were asked to share materials with their beneficiaries, partners, and contacts. LDC facilitated multiple community forums and we also created a multi-lingual survey that was distributed broadly to 4,400 entities, organizations, agencies, citizens, and groups. Our outreach efforts resulted in a six hundred percent (600%) increase in the number of surveys (1,357) received from the City’s previous five-year plan. LDC’s community outreach work was complemented by multiple members of City Council. Additionally, all City deadlines were successfully met and the plan was submitted to HUD via eConsolidated Planning Suite.

Click here to view the materials for the City of San Diego’s 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan.

 

Civic San Diego (formerly known as the Centre City Development Corporation):

civic san diegoProject Name: Five-Year Work Plan Toward the Goal of Ending Homelessness in Downtown San Diego

Area of Expertise: Collective Impact [Homelessness]

In 2011, LDC prepared the Five-Year Work Plan Toward the Goal of Ending Homelessness in Downtown San Diego for Civic San Diego, which is designed to serve as a guide for the organization to use as it seeks to increase its impact on ending homelessness in downtown San Diego.

This report defines Civic San Diego’s role in ending homelessness and provides a set of strategies, action steps, tasks, and measurable outcomes for Civic San Diego to adopt as it moves forward in reaching its goal of ending homelessness in the area.

Click here to view the full report.

 

Civic San Diego (formerly known as the Centre City Development Corporation):

civic san diego 2Project Name: Planning and Implementation of Downtown San Diego Registry Week

Area of Expertise: Collective Impact [Homelessness]; Community Engagement and Outreach

In 2010, LDC assisted Civic San Diego with the planning and implementation of the 2010 Downtown San Diego Registry Week to identify and assess the needs of the most vulnerable homeless individuals sleeping in the streets of Downtown San Diego.

LDC also managed the provision of Permanent Supportive Housing opportunities to 125 of the most vulnerable homeless persons identified through Registry Week. Further, LDC identified, leveraged, and coordinated a variety of services and housing funding programs and systems, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its HUD-VASH Program; the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency and its Mental Health Services Act programs; and the San Diego Housing Commission and its Section 8 and Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. LDC worked with these organizations to create and document expedited processes for linking vulnerable homeless persons to services and resources utilizing multiple funding sources.

 

Common Ground:

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Project Name: Registry Week Boot Camp Toolkit

Area of Expertise: Collective Impact [Homelessness]

In 2011, LDC worked with Common Ground and CSH to develop a training toolkit for communities participating in Common Ground’s 100,000 Homes Campaign.

This toolkit offers information on conducting Registry Weeks to survey homeless populations and steps for identifying the most vulnerable homeless in order to link them to housing and services.

The training materials include media and collateral materials and information on lining up the supply of housing and services; forming and managing a leadership team; recruiting and training volunteers; using the homeless survey instrument; organizing and conducting Registry Week; and reporting back to the communities about the data gathered. Each toolkit includes a binder with overview memos and template materials as well as discs containing digital copies of all templates and video clips.

 

Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of LA (CRALA):

Project Name: Site and Financial Feasibility Analysis of 1st and Boyle TOD Project

Area of Expertise: Transit-Oriented Development; Affordable Housing

In 2007, LDC prepared the Site and Financial Feasibility Analysis of 1st and Boyle TOD Project, which analyzes and evaluates the southeast corner of the 1st and Boyle intersection of the City of Los Angeles as a potential site for mixed-use transit-oriented development.

As part of this project, LDC produced a financial feasibility analysis of development opportunities for the area and provided CRALA with a set of recommendations to leverage Proposition 1C (“affordable housing bond component under the strategic growth plan”) funds to move this project forward.

Other LDC partnerships with CRALA included underwriting, financial analysis, deal structure formulation, acquisition/predevelopment loan agreements for affordable housing projects.

 

County of Napa:

Project Name: Loan Monitoring Systems Development and Asset Management

Area of Expertise: Affordable Housing

In 2013, LDC prepared the Napa County Affordable Housing Multi-Year Action Plan for the Napa Joint City/County Affordable Housing Task Force to help these agencies prioritize their housing resources and create a five-year financial plan for how to best target their housing investment in a declining economy. This involved facilitation of collaborative discussions and development of partnership relationships. LDC also completed a scope of services for both the City of Napa and Napa County to develop affordable housing lending program policies and procedures, underwriting guidelines, application process, and a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), which entailed significant stakeholder input.

 

Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino (HACSB):

Project Name: Waterman Gardens Housing Financing Plan

Area of Expertise: Affordable Housing; Community and Economic Development

In 2012, LDC prepared the Waterman Gardens Housing Financing Plan, a multi-year financing strategy and work plan, for the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino (HACSB) to implement a master redevelopment design plan for its seven-decade old Waterman Gardens public housing complex.

This financing plan includes an analysis of the cost of the physical redevelopment, identifies funding sources available, and proposes next steps for HACSB to follow in order to continue building the financial, legal, and sequencing plans to develop Waterman Gardens. The Waterman Gardens Financing Plan includes a physical environment development strategy, master timeline and work plan, and a capital mapping component to assist HACSB in leveraging resources for this redevelopment initiative.

 

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI):

Project Name: Master Development Program Strategy

Area of Expertise: Community and Economic Development; Strategic Planning; Collective Impact

LDC is assisting the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) with a multi-year scope centered on community and economic development in the Encanto Neighborhoods community of Southeastern San Diego. The goal is to help JCNI develop its portfolio of properties in the Encanto Neighborhoods community in a way that creates long-term transferable value that benefits the community through JCNI’s real estate holdings.

Phase 1 of this project included a site analysis of JCNI’s land holdings and a master development program strategy that included case studies of community and economic development projects from comparable communities that are expected to promote economic growth in the Encanto Neighborhoods community. Phase 2 may include the development of a long-term ownership structure for JCNI assets, financing models, additional research on zoning and permitting requirements, and a full pro forma feasibility analysis for specific development opportunities.

In addition, LDC will support JCNI in increasing the impact of its collaborative work through the development and implementation of a collective impact model for large-scale, sustainable cross-sector social change in the Encanto Neighborhoods community.

 

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority:

Project Name: 10-Year Implementation Plan to End Homelessness in the City of Los Angeles

Area of Expertise: Collective Impact [Homelessness]

In 2009, LDC prepared the 10-Year Implementation Plan to End Homelessness in the City of Los Angeles for the City of Los Angles, which provides a comprehensive plan for the City of Los Angeles to use in its efforts to prevent and end family and chronic homelessness.

This plan is designed to help the city achieve significant progress in reducing homelessness by preventing homelessness, increasing access to housing, strengthening the coordination of resources, increasing financial stability and economic opportunities, and collecting data to measure success. It includes a set of strategies, action steps, tasks, and measurable outcomes for the city to implement in its efforts to end homelessness in Los Angeles.

 

San Diego Housing Commission:

Project Name: Three-Year Work Plan to Facilitate Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Development

Area of Expertise: Transit-Oriented Development

In 2011, LDC prepared the Three-Year Work Plan to Facilitate Transit-Oriented Affordable Development for the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC), which is designed to serve as a guide for the agency to use in its efforts to create affordable housing that is linked to the San Diego transit system.

This three-year work plan provides recommendations for SDHC to follow that reflect and are in line with current work at the national, statewide, regional, and local level. It includes a set of key strategies to promote and facilitate affordable housing transit-oriented development, action steps, tasks, and measurable outcomes with a list of potential sites for transit-oriented affordable housing development in San Diego.

 

 San Diego Housing Commission:

Project Name: Multi-Year Work Plan or Completing Development of a Portfolio and Asset Management System

Area of Expertise: Affordable Housing

In 2012, LDC prepared the Multi-Year Work Plan for Completing Development of a Portfolio and Asset Management System for the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC), which provided SDHC with a framework for crafting a portfolio and asset management system that would allow SDHC to efficiently and effectively analyze and evaluate its assets and use that information to expand its affordable housing portfolio.

This report introduces a set of strategies to help SDHC establish an asset and portfolio management system with action steps, tasks, and measurable outcomes.

 

South County Economic Development Council:

Project Name: Five-Year Economic Development Strategy

Area of Expertise: Community and Economic Development; Community Engagement and Outreach

LDC and ELP Advisors, our affiliate firm, assisted the South County Economic Development Corporation in preparing an economic development plan for the South County region of San Diego.

This plan creates a vision with an economic strategy that threads various opportunities in South County, captures and builds on the synergy among these projects, and provides a unified vision to support future planning and development in the area. LDC and ELP identified key stakeholders and scheduled more than 30 community presentations and facilitated multiple visioning workshops with interactive breakout group activities for this project.

 

 

State of Utah Division of Housing and Community Development:

Project Name: Development and Implementation of Affordable Housing and Homelessness Training Curricula

Area of Expertise: Affordable Housing

In 2010, LDC led the design and implementation of training curricula for staff working in housing and homeless services programs in Salt Lake County, Utah. The first training focused on strengthening housing first services skills with individualized goal setting and services planning. The second training focused on strengthening housing first partnerships and coordinating property management and supportive services in supportive housing.

United Way of San Diego County:

Project Name: The Campaign to End Homelessness in Downtown San Diego

Area of Expertise: Homelessness; Community Engagement and Outreach

 LDC is currently implementing a work plan for the United Way of San Diego County (UWSD) to effectively and efficiently reduce chronic homelessness within San Diego and to ultimately end homelessness in the region. As part of this work, LDC serves as the backbone organization and official coordinator for The Campaign to End Homelessness in Downtown San Diego. The mission of the Campaign is to change communities and lives by moving the most vulnerable members of our community off the streets and into permanent housing and linking them with rental assistance and supportive services.

LDC has been successful in growing relationships and building a Leadership Team with more than 60 members, including key partners from the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, the County and City of San Diego, and downtown business leaders.

 

 

 

Select ELP Project Descriptions

American Red Cross:

American Red Cross Project Name: Prepare LA

Area of Expertise: Sustainability

ELP Advisors worked with Red Cross staff and other experts to conduct detailed case study research, undergo a comprehensive literature review, and create disaster risk profiles for Los Angeles County. Based on this research, and with input from a research advisory committee, ELP Advisors selected vulnerability indicators and underlying metrics to create customized community profiles. ELP Advisors analyzed the appropriate data sets and crafted a detailed methodology that can be replicated in other American Red Cross Regions throughout the country.

 

City of Pasadena:

City of PasadenaProject Name: Economic Development Strategic Plan Task Force

Area of Expertise: Economic Development

The City of Pasadena engaged ELP Advisors to assist with the implementation of the City’s Economic Development Strategic Plan (EDSP). ELP Advisors facilitated discussions with a Task Force of business leaders to inform the process. The firm evaluated data sources, reports, and public testimony to cull the dozens of objectives and implementation steps in the EDSP down to achievable objectives, strategies and short-term actions. Under ELP Advisors’ guidance, the Task Force focused special attention on three key areas: (1) aligning workforce development strategies to meet the skill needs of Pasadena’s key business clusters, (2) supporting the growth and success of businesses that create new job opportunities, and (3) ensuring that Pasadena’s youth and lower income neighborhoods share in the benefits of the city’s economic activity.

 

County of Los Angeles Supervisorial District:

County of Los AngelesArea of Expertise: Real Estate Technical Services

ELP Advisors is working closely with County Supervisor Gloria Molina on two exciting projects. The first is LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. For this project, ELP Advisors is assisting LA Plaza Foundation on the site-planning and development of a mixed-use project in the heart of Los Angeles. ELP is continuing to work closely with the Foundation to make this community asset a reality.

The second project Supervisor Molina has engaged ELP Advisors is to facilitate forward-looking economic development in East Los Angeles. ELP is developing and executing a set of strategies to promote and accelerate the development of a Biomedical Corridor in East LA, near the LA County-USC Hospital and USC Health Sciences Campus. ELP is bringing together key actors from city and county government, local institutions, and industry experts to inform the process and move forward with the creation of a Biomedical Hub.

Goldhirsh Foundationan:

Goldhirsch FoundationProject Name: LA2050

Area of Expertise: Community Engagement

ELP Advisors led an 18-month research and visioning project that mapped the trajectory of Los Angeles over the next 40 years. The ELP team is working with a wide array of stakeholders on this project, including leading academics, researchers, policymakers, professionals, entrepreneurs, and innovative thinkers to develop a comprehensive vision for Los Angeles in 2050.

 

Little Tokyo Service Center:

Little TokyoProject Name: Sustainable Little Tokyo

Area of Expertise: Community Engagement

ELP Advisors advised the Little Tokyo Service Center on potential policy tools to advance the goals of the Sustainable Little Tokyo planning process. Additionally, ELP Advisors provided a survey of funding opportunities available for project implementation.

 

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission:

San Francisco Public UtilitiesProject Name: Energy Efficiency and Workforce Development

Area of Expertise: Workforce Development

Working with the national non-profit Green For All, ELP Advisors conducted an assessment of community, workforce development, labor, and employer resources and partnerships in San Francisco. This work was used to help the utility devise a framework that would better connect its energy efficiency investments to career ladders for disadvantaged residents.

South County Economic Development Council:

South County Economic DevelopmentProject Name: Five-Year Economic Development Strategy

Area of Expertise: Economic Development

ELP Advisors is assisting the South County Economic Development Council with preparing an economic development strategic plan for the South County region of San Diego. The goal is to create a cohesive vision that guides future planning and development in the area by linking various development opportunities in South County and building and supporting the collaboration of current projects.

 

 

Southern California Association of Governments:

Southern California Association of GovernmentsProject Name: South Gate Rail Station Study

Area of Expertise: Transportation and Planning

ELP Advisors worked with the Southern California Association of Governments, South Gate city officials and key stakeholders to conduct initial engagement, outreach and coordination of a half-day Community Visioning Workshop around the proposed Orange Line Development Authority station in South Gate.