Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandy Chagolla.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I founded Lending Relief in 2018 to serve the homeless communities of Los Angeles. I have been involved in humanitarian relief efforts both internationally and here at home. I believe in helping the most vulnerable in our communities. When the Los Angeles homeless crises was declared a state of emergency, that’s when I knew I needed to form a nonprofit organization, organize, and help those living on the streets. We go out monthly on the 2nd Saturday to Venice Beach (the second largest homeless community outside skid row) and we visit skid row DTLA every 4th Saturday. We bring hygiene kits, water, fruit, feminine hygiene and conversation. We love engaging in conversation, staying consistent, and building relationships with those on the streets.
Has it been a smooth road?
The struggles we encounter are a lack in resources and housing. We exist to create lifelong change to break the cycle of poverty. In this, we have plans to grow into low-income housing for women and their children, rehabilitation, and overall holistic support for the homeless. In Los Angeles, we face limited housing units for low-income individuals. With recent budget cuts hotel vouchers for the homeless are almost nonexistent these days. If someone has a car, and are experiencing homelessness, their car is now their home. We face shortages in housing, mental health, addiction, and rehabilitation services. We are concerned with girls aging out of the foster care system, the prison system including mass incarceration, domestic violence and abuse, and human trafficking. Homelessness is a complex issue. It’s an intersectional issue with many facets touching on many issues.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Lending Relief – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Lending Relief visits homeless communities in Venice Beach and Skid Row monthly to distribute basic immediate needs. We are known for our consistently, our amazing volunteers, and our dedication to the streets of Los Angeles. I’m most proud of the love and authenticity of our volunteers. These are some of the most creative people in Los Angeles who spend their Saturday’s loving and building up others. I’m most proud of the people that Lending Relief attracts from our board of directors to our donors, to our volunteers, to those we serve on the streets. I believe what sets us apart is our consistency on the streets, our unwavering love of people, and our dedicated growing volunteer base. We specialize in helping and loving others right where they are at. We enjoy meeting the needs of others.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love Los Angeles. I am an LA native. This is my favorite city in the entire world. Our weather, our vibes, our sunshine, our diversity, our people, our artists, our creativity. I love the variety of the city. From the Hollywood Hills to the beaches and everything in between. There is no place like Los Angeles anywhere on Earth!! If I had to pick one thing I like least about LA it would be our lack of public transport. I would love to see sustainable, safe, and reliable transportation here in LA. And of course, I would love to see more housing and support for those transitioning out of homelessness.
- Address: 1626 N Wilcox Ave #637
Hollywood, CA 90028
- Website: www.lendingrelief.org
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @lendingrelief
All photos taken by the incredible Wesley Du