The Metropolitan Forum Project Reviving Citizen Civic Engagement

NSBN Leverages School Bonds To Benefit Children & Families

April 19, 2005

In 2003, LAUSD, the City of L.A., A Community of Friends-the developer of special needs housing, and NSBN signed a Memorandum of Understanding pledging to cooperatively plan a city block in Westlake, an inner city neighborhood just west of downtown. Their planning has resulted in the parties agreeing to build Gratts New Primary School, 54 units of family housing with Childcare & a Boys and Girls Club, an early education facility, and a school playground that doubles as a neighborhood park. In this interview, Councilman Ed Reyes, ACOF CEO Dora Leong Gallo, & ACOF Project Manager John Wolter, reflect on how this win/win/win/win was achieved.

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