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Boyle Heights

Boyle Heights is one of the oldest and most historically significant areas in the Los Angeles Basin and for the past 40 years, it has been home to one of the largest Latino populations in the United States.

Located east of the Los Angeles River, Boyle Heights is distinct and recognized for its rich culture and community activism. Youth leaders, adult residents, and organizations are just a few of the critical players who are dedicated members of the Building Healthy Communities Collaborative.

Using a shared leadership model, the Building Healthy Communities Collaborative addresses challenges like access to affordable health care, quality education and punitive discipline practices, and the need for additional support for youth and their families. In their respective workgroups, members collaborate to advance a health and social justice agenda that improves community conditions and enhances opportunities for residents of Boyle Heights.


  • Boyle Heights is a working class neighborhood covering 6.67 square miles.
  • At approximately 14,048 residents per square mile, Boyle Heights is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles.
  • The population is over 93 percent Latino. Within this population 35 percent are noncitizen residents.

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  • What started as a group of women organizing for their right to sell in the streets of Boyle Heights in 2008 after getting harassed by the police for doing so culminated yesterday: On January 2nd, 2020, the City of Los Angeles issued its first permit to legally sell goods in the streets of Los Angeles.

  • A portable, new collaborative mural created by youth at Mi Centro will be displayed at various fairs and presentations at local schools and throughout the district, to be used educational tool on LGBTQ issues and immigration.

  • If we all clean up a little trash in our neighborhoods it can make a big difference around the world. Take a photo of an area that needs some cleaning or maintenance, then take a photo after you have done something about it, and post it. #trashtag #trashtagchallenge


Prevention Workgroup: Increases access to health care services for the remaining uninsured.

Schools Workgroup: Advocates for effective implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula to support the social-emotional health of students.

Neighborhoods Workgroup: Increases opportunities and advocates for increased funding for youth development programs, services, and employment opportunities.

A successful event at The Wellness Center on March 23 was held to celebrate 5 years of connecting community to Free health resources!