Culture & Civic Life
YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
The nonprofit social-services organization is committed to offering dynamic, inclusive programs that enable community members of all backgrounds t...
Formerly known as Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN), Inclusive Action for the City was established in 2008 to generate innovative community-development initiatives driven by community leaders. Conceived as a "laboratory for the city," Inclusive Action for the City engages the expertise of local residents to address income inequality, invest in the built environment, and improve quality of life. In its early days, the organization was volunteer-driven, led by a local group of young professionals. Today, Inclusive Action for the City champions a wide array of initiatives aimed at empowering communities and moving capital into the hands of Los Angeles' most marginalized micro-entrepreneurs and families.
These initiatives include efforts to create a permit system for street vendors, a purchasing cooperative to provide food desert communities with healthy options, and micro-finance programs offering capital and coaching to under-resourced communities. To do this crucial work, Inclusive Action for the City partners with other community-based organizations such as Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) and local government entities such as the LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs. Inclusive Action for the City complements these direct-service programs with strategic, research-centered advocacy.
COVID-19 Relief - Street Vendor Emergency Fund