Esperanza has a Healthy Homes team that does outreach to the community on lead issues. The LA times and Discovery News posted two articles connecting lead exposure to violent crime. It has been found that lead exposure can permanently affect part of a children’s brain; consequently resulting in crime. Even the lowest levels of lead found in children can reduce IQ by damaging brain cells affecting the volume regions associated with judgment and problem solving during their early years. Furthermore, its effects can increased children’s distractibility, impulsiveness, restlessness, and shortens their attention span, all these factors are considered to be precursor of aggressive or violent behavior. Lead comes in many forms, for example, paint, leaded gasoline, some types of batteries, water pipes, and pottery glazes. About 38 million U.S., 40% of the nation’s housing, still contain lead-based paint, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The problem exists particular in urban areas with uderserved communities, where older housing has not been renovated. For more information visit the following websites:


“Lead exposure in children linked to violent crime” in the LA Times

“Lead exposure linked to violent crime, Brain changes” in Discovery News


Meditations on the meaning of Space


The building called “Senderos” is an improbably purple-colored building in a residential area where a visitor can see Victorian-aged single-family properties of varied quality and condition, intermingled with apartment buildings, many of which conceal the slum conditions that can be found within. Esperanza owns four of the apartment buildings, which have all been beautifully rehabbed and rented to local low income families, most of whom were relocated to these buildings from surrounding substandard properties or returned to the same building once they were transformed from their former slum conditions. Senderos is one of those buildings.

Senderos had been one of the most outrageous slums in the region; in fact the target of a community action held in the mid-eighties to publicize the injustice and health and safety hazards of LA’s slum housing. When Esperanza first secured this building from foreclosure, and temporarily relocated its residents, the building’s basement was a cesspool reflecting all the decay and neglect of the tiny single room units that had housed twenty-one households in squalid conditions.