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New Year, New Outlook

As the Biden Administration ushers in a new era in Washington, D.C., Liberty Hill marches forward with our mission to support partners at the forefront of social justice movements, and to make sure those closest to the pain are closest to the power here at home. In this edition of News from the Frontlines, we announce the launch of our Fund for Change and Liberty Vote! Grantmaking programs and take an in-depth look at two new initiatives poised to make a huge impact across L.A.
In this issue: 1) Fund for Change & Liberty Vote! Launch 2) Bertha Wolfe Scholarship: Ellie in Her Own Words, 3) Stay Housed LA: Housing Relief Now, Building a Movement for the Future, 4) Public Health Councils Program Protects Essential Workers, 5) Liberty Hill Welcomes New Board Members, Longtime Champions Retire
Breaking News from the Frontlines
Fund for Change & Liberty Vote! Open for 2021!

Fund for Change & Liberty Vote! Open for 2021!

For more than 40 years, Liberty Hill has invested in activism in L.A. Our investments help build the power of grassroots community organizing groups to win significant social change. Community organizing builds power and protects our communities from systemic oppression. Organizing brought us the Movement for Black Lives and sustained multiracial protests for justice. Organizing secured the new presidency. 
Amidst a raging pandemic, economic inequities, police brutality, white supremacy, and political insurrection, we are continuing our commitment to building power in communities most impacted by systemic oppression by announcing the opening of our competitive grantmaking programs Fund for Change and Liberty Vote!  
The Fund for Change and Liberty Vote! programs provide general operating support grants up to $50,000 for community and electoral organizing in Los Angeles County. 
Bertha Wolfe Scholarship: Ellie in Her Own Words

Bertha Wolfe Scholarship: Ellie in Her Own Words

For more than 15 years, The Bertha Wolf & Lance Miller Families Fund for Community Service has been uplifting young adults by providing relief from the cost of living as they embark on their journey as professionals or in service to the community. 
Established by two generous donors, The Bertha Wolf & Lance Miller Families Fund is a Liberty Hill Foundation program that provides six or more young people ages 18-25 with a stipend of at least $6,500 each. Eligible applicants work at a local nonprofit organization in Southern California and are provided with a stipend to cover basic living expenses (e.g., rent, food, utilities, transportation and childcare).
In both 2019 and 2020, Liberty Hill was thrilled to offer the stipend to Elizeth Virrueta working at the Youth Justice Coalition, a community partner of Liberty Hill focusing on ending youth incarceration as we know it. Below Elizeth shares her experience as an awardee and the importance of this unique scholarship program. 
Programs in Focus
Stay Housed LA: Housing Relief Now, Building a Movement for the Future

Stay Housed LA: Housing Relief Now, Building a Movement for the Future

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to drastically expand the ranks of Los Angeles’s unhoused population and worsen the region’s long-standing eviction crisis. Across Los Angeles County, people are struggling to pay rent and are facing eviction. 
Fortunately, Liberty Hill and our partners have launched Stay Housed LA County. The first-of-its-kind program is a collaboration among 14 community-based organizations, nine legal service providers, Liberty Hill, and the LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA). Its mission is to inform tenants of their rights and to provide them with free legal and educational resources they need to exercise those rights. 
Visitors to the coalition website can learn about their rights as tenants, sign up for workshops, and fill out a legal referral form to be connected with a tenant rights organization and legal service provider. Coalition members also reach out proactively to those who may be in need of assistance via phone and text.
The response has been remarkable. With a focus on the most vulnerable, coalition members have contacted more than a 200,000 tenants via phone and text banks. In addition, the coalition has hosted 140 workshops and served 7,500 tenant households with legal assessments or services. Every day they reach more people with this critical information and assistance.
Public Health Councils Program Protects Essential Workers

Public Health Councils Program Protects Essential Workers

Over the past year, essential workers across many industries have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. From the roller coaster of uncertainty and changing restrictions, to the fear of contracting the virus in unsafe working conditions, the workforce of Los Angeles has been challenged like never before.
That’s why the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in partnership with Liberty Hill Foundation, is launching the Public Health Councils (PHC) program to serve workforces in prioritized sectors that are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign to win this policy was led by many of our longtime community partners and allies including KIWA, LAANE, the Healthy LA Coalition, the LA County Federation of Labor. 
This new initiative is an extension of Liberty Hill’s longstanding commitment to economic justice. We actively support workers centers and worker-led campaigns, such as the successful Fight for $15 as well as the passage of the Los Angeles Wage Theft Ordinance and the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
Board Update
Liberty Hill Welcomes New Board Members As Longtime Champions Retire

Liberty Hill Welcomes New Board Members As Longtime Champions Retire 

Liberty Hill Foundation is guided by and draws strength from a vibrant and dedicated group of volunteer Board members who represent all parts of the social justice ecosystem of Los Angeles, including individual donor activists, philanthropy sector professionals, academics and other experts, as well as community organizers and members of the business sector.
These dedicated professionals and social justice advocates support our work in numerous ways and help power the progress we fuel as a Foundation. 
We are so grateful for the contributions and tireless work of our Board Members John Manulis, Doe Mayer, Shana Weiss and Melinda Newman who are terming out this year. Their years of service underscore the commitment that runs throughout the Liberty Hill community and we will forever be thankful for their support. 
We also welcome our three newest Board Members, Julie Hermelin, Jennifer Ito, and Belen Vargas, who each bring with them a wealth of knowledge and energy that will serve us well as move into a new era of activism and progress that calls us to step up like never before.
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