The Louise Perez Resource Center
Fostering partnership and innovation to better serve our community
The Louise Perez Resource Center will bring a variety of social services to The Avenues, a well-established South Sacramento neighborhood. Located on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and 41st Avenue, the Resource Center will be a hub that connects local residents with multiple community-based organizations offering employment and training programs, youth services, small business and microenterprise courses, as well as an incubator kitchen program and a day labor center.
Community Resource Project, Inc. (CRP) is working with a large and diverse group of partners to build the Resource Center. Sacramento County Supervisor Jimmie Yee has taken the lead to secure funding for the project. Other strong supporters include Sacramento City Councilmember Lauren Hammond, The California Endowment, Sacramento Housing & Redevelopment Agency, Kaiser Permanente, Campbell’s Soup Company, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, North Franklin District Business Association, La Familia Counseling Center, California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento County Neighborhood Services, Sacramento Municipal Utilities District, Sacramento Credit Union, Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to CRP’s programs, other local non-profit organizations will offer the core services at the Resource Center. Asian Resources, Inc. has plans to provide will employment training and career development workshops. CRP will provide utility assistance, health and nutrition services through our WIC program, free medical and dental screenings and other services based on community needs.
Community Resource Project, Inc (CRP) was selected as one of the organizations to participate in the Solar for All California Pilot Project. Funded by a grant from California Department of Community Services & Development, this project installed solar photovoltaic systems into the homes of California’s low income homeowners. CRP installed 201 systems in Sacramento, County at no cost to the homeowners who received weatherization service at the same time.
This project caught the attention of many officials and won state and federal recognition for this “innovative and creative” approach to reducing energy consumption.
The program was designed to simulate the creation of local green collar jobs by participating as a training site for students in solar installer programs at our community college and by hiring local subcontractors to help us do the installation work.
The program also demonstrated the effectiveness of installing solar systems on existing homes within the low income community.
Most important, the Solar for All California brought the benefits of solar energy to many homeowners who would otherwise find this technology out of their reach. These Sacramento residents have experience a significant reduction in their energy bills.