September Newsletter

Concluding the Formation of the CERF LA HRTC Steering Committee

The LA HRTC has conducted multiple elections to establish and choose the program's 12 Affinity Hub Leads and 26 General Steering Committee Members, forming a total of 38 members who will actively participate in the Steering Committee's responsibilities. We have now entered the final phase of elections to complete the committee, with the official voting period open for filling the remaining vacant General Steering Committee seats. All individuals eligible to vote have received tokens granting access to the voting platform via email. If you cannot locate the email in your inbox, please consider checking your spam folder. If you still cannot find it, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at CERF@LAEDC.ORG before the voting deadline expires.

Please note that this specific token is exclusively for this election, and the voting process will conclude tomorrow, September 6th at 3 p.m. Once the election ends, the results will be shared by email and posted on the website.

To view the current full list of members elected to the Steering Committee please visit:

Thank you for your participation in this critical process. 


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State Announcement

The Interagency CERF Team is excited to share the final Catalyst Framework with you all! The Catalyst Program reserves up to $14 million for each CERF region (totaling $182M statewide) to support the Collaboratives to invest in pre-development activities, enabling CERF Regions to develop projects and maximize investment opportunities while reserving Implementation funds for ready-to-go projects. 



Upcoming CERF LA HRTC Partners Meeting

Join us for our upcoming Partners Meeting on September 8th, 2023, scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PDT.
We look forward to sharing the latest updates on the CERF program with you.
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RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy Presents: Infrastructure Equity, Sport, and Community – Closing the Loop

Taking place on September 6th, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. PT, hosted online and in person at Cal Endowment – Los Angeles and in partnership with CAREP Steering Committee Chair Dr. Giovanna Brasfield,  National Association of Women in Construction, the Consulate General of Finland in Los AngelesAIA-LA, Urban Land Institute-LA, and Construction Experts Inc. - 

This event aims to address the challenges of organizing large-scale community events and projects. It targets policymakers, organizers, and implementers to share crucial insights that impact the success or failure of such events. The event emphasizes the importance of exploring the multifaceted aspects of large-scale events in relation to public policies, covering areas like health, volunteering, employment, governance, economic development, tourism, and more. Additionally, it seeks to provide access to a diverse range of voices and real learning opportunities to inform interested parties in Los Angeles, focusing on evidence from both secondary and primary research.




Seeking Innovative Solutions: $10 Million in TD Ready Challenge Grants for Affordable Housing

Applications are accepted until September 13 for TD’s sixth annual TD Ready Challenge focusing on access to affordable housing for those who need it most.

TD Ready Challenge will provide up to $10 million, in support of nonprofit organizations developing innovative solutions to address systemic barriers to affordable housing in the U.S. and Canada. 

Many people are impacted by the cost and availability of affordable housing, but some groups are disproportionately affected. This year, the TD Ready Challenge is seeking innovative solutions to help address systemic barriers to affordable housing across the continuum from transitional to permanent homes and to help increase access to affordable and stable housing for those who need it most. 

The TD Ready Challenge is a key component of the bank’s corporate citizenship platform, the TD Ready Commitment, through which TD is dedicating $750 million to drive positive change, nurture progress, and help make the communities TD serves stronger and more inclusive. The Challenge offers ten $1 million grants, either USD or CAN depending on the country of residence of the applicant, to organizations developing innovative, impactful, measurable solutions for a changing world.

If you’re a nonprofit or charitable organization working on an innovative solution to increase access to affordable housing, click here to learn more about the 2023 TD Ready Challenge.Applications are due by 4 p.m. ET on September 13, 2023.






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