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Hi friends,

Join us for drinks and mingling this Thursday 3/29 at our new office! Or come by for any of our Backyard Homes Project presentations taking place across Los Angeles over the next month. Some quick highlights below....

  • Our New Office — Stop by for our office-warming!

  • Backyard Homes Project — Learn about our program at one of our presentations!

  • SVP Fast Pitch — Thank you to everyone who came out to support!

As always, check out our website or get in touch to learn more.

Let’s do #mas4LA!
– the LA-Más team

Check out our new office this Thursday!

We’re excited to welcome you to our new office in Frogtown. We now share offices with Clockshop, a multidisciplinary arts organization in Los Angeles that creates new conversations about arts, politics and urban space. Our casual gathering will be taking place this Thursday, March 28th from 4-7PM. Stop by anytime for a drink and snacks - we’re located at 2806 Clearwater Street, right next to the LA River.

Learn more about the Backyard Homes Project!


The Backyard Homes Project is a program that helps average homeowners become providers of affordable housing! Our collective of respected partners will provide a one-stop-shop for financing, design, construction and leasing an ADU. In exchange, homeowners commit to being a Section 8 landlord for 5 years.

If you are interested in participating, please read through the program booklet, take a look at our design package and submit your application online here. All homeowners located within the City of LA are encouraged to apply regardless of income.

On Saturday, April 6 from 11:30am-1:30pm, we will be co-hosting a Backyard Homes Project open house at the Self-Help Federal Credit Union branch in Wilmington. We are excited to partner with Council District 15, SBCC Thrive LA, and Everyone In. Stop by anytime - we will be giving short presentations every half hour and will be answering questions throughout the day!
We will also be presenting the program at many different community events across the city over the course of the next month. Come find us at a gathering near you or email Alejandro if you have questions at


We are accepting applications until May 1st, 2019!

Social Venture Partners — Some Thank Yous!


On March 21, we participated in the 2019 Social Impact Fast Pitch organized by Social Venture Partners Los Angeles. Congratulations to the ten other organizations who pitched along with Helen – we’re privileged to have shared the stage with all of you. The work that you all are doing is much needed in Los Angeles, and we look forward to seeing all of the amazing things ahead for you. Learn more about these inspiring organizations here!

Over 600 attendees came out to support. Thank you to all who were able to come out and cheer us on! Many thanks also to the generous audience for contributing that evening. Lastly, we want to thank Helen's incredible coaches Ann English and Ev Boyle for making every second of the three minutes count. If you’d like to donate to our Backyard Homes Project, please click here or contact


Upcoming Events...

What We're Reading...

  • Can roofs have additional purpose? Megan Barber explores urban rooftops in her Curbed article.

  • Liam Dillon of the LA Times discusses the actions San Diegans are taking to address the need for affordable housing.

  • LISC hosted a webinar with Richard Rothstein on his book the Color of Law and the history of redlining in the US.

  • Net-zero housing will save money in the long run but are the upfront costs too high for the average homeowner?

  • The legality of lego construction has never been clearer. Thank you Bram Lambrecht!


LA-Más is an urban design non-profit that helps lower-income & underserved communities shape their future through policy and architecture. We envision a world where city growth is equitable and self-directed —where the best local solutions are brought to a city-wide scale.

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2806 Clearwater Street
Los AngelesCA 90039

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