Asociacion De Liderazgo Comunitario (San Diego, CA)


  • Name:Michelle Luellen
  • Title:Grant Writer

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Asociacion De Liderazgo Comunitario
  • Address:4265 Fairmount Avenue
    Suite 280
    San Diego, CA 92105
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:619 280 4311

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  • Mission:
  • To strengthen a holistic leadership process through education and organizing in the San Diego region.

  • Overview:
  • Where we work:
    The City Heights region of San Diego is a dense, low income, urban core region in the eastern area of central San Diego, California with 79,000 residents. It is situated 12 miles north of the San Diego/Tijuana border. Area median income in City Heights is $25,215, with fully 94% of the population earning below the San Diego median income of $75,500. 38% of population have less than a 9th grade education and 79% of population speak a language other than English as their primary language at home, compared to 33% regionally (Census 2010). The population of City Heights is young, with the median age of 18 years.
    City Heights is one of the oldest regions of the City of San Diego. Incorporated as its own city and named East San Diego in 1912, it was annexed into the City of San Diego in 1924. Today, more than 60% of the neighborhood is comprised of multi-family units and 87% of the total population rents. The median age of the housing stock of the community is 1963 (SANDAG).
    City Heights is a complex area. It is a portal for recently arrived immigrants with more than 40 languages spoken. A visitor to City Heights immediately perceives the richness of the varied cultures as one walks down its major thoroughfares. We have Somali, Vietnamese, and Mexican restaurants on the same block and many of the multi-cultural youth speak Spanish, as opposed to English, as the common language. The high cost of living with low income inhabitants create an unhealthy combination of multiple families sharing small, infested, moldy, crumbling apartment complexes. There is a large population of undocumented immigrants and routine deportations. The daily stress that our neighbors face frequently erupts in violence. This reality is the fuel that drives our work.
    ALC’s Programs:
    1. Academia de Liderazgo (Leadership Academy): A yearly leadership training of at least 150 residents on the following topics: Immigration rights, Tenant’s Rights, Employee Rights, Right and Access to Education, How the Government Works and How to Organize.
    2. Resident Engagement and Participation:
    San Diego Tenant’s Association: is an organization founded by renters, for renters. We build multi-cultural tenant leadership, prevent homelessness, and improve living conditions in the city of San Diego through housing counseling monthly clinics and quarterly housing forums for renters and landlords in San Diego.
    Resident led committees: Graduates of the Academia de Liderazgo participate in one of three issue based committees: Immigration, Education, Health and Housing. Our committees allow residents to ask questions, learn new skills, make collective decisions, and share this new information with other residents. These committees are run by the residents themselves who take responsibility for their committee by choosing their own coordinators, secretaries, and treasurers, creating their own agendas, facilitating their own meetings, and planning their own events for the larger community. ALC provides leadership development opportunities and technical assistance to the committee members
    Civic Engagement:
    In partnership with Alliance San Diego, ALC outreached to 3,500 low-income people of color voters. Many surveyed did not know basic information about where or when to vote, nor what a ballot initiative was. This outreach was crucial so that our neighbors, many of whom do not speak English as their first language, were able to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
    3. Cross sector Community Planning:
    ALC works in multi-organizational collaborations so that residents are able to have a voice in community planning decisions that affect their lives. ALC residents have been trained to understand complex community planning policies that shape their neighborhood. Resident advocacy in regards to the lack of public infrastructure such as basic sidewalks, crosswalks, curb cuts and street lighting in front of their homes, schools, and places of worship have helped form City of San Diego policy and their efforts have pushed for a newly created infrastructure sub-committee at the City of San Diego. Residents have become members of City of San Diego-sponsored planning groups and the local park and recreation council. Through these channels, residents have advocated for more tax money to be allocated to public infrastructure and park and recreation programming.

  • History:
  • In 2005, Asociacion de Liderazgo Comunitario began as Proyecto de Casas Saludables, a project of a local non-profit, when local Latina activists, including our present Executive Director, investigated housing conditions in the City Heights region of San Diego. After finding unbearable housing conditions with overwhelming incidents of mold and infestations in the 200 houses they surveyed, the women involved in the project started ALC, which focuses on leadership development and advocacy in the low-income Latino community of City Heights. From 2005-2012 we worked as an independent organization under two different fiscal agents, creating our own programs and doing our own fundraising. In 2012, after seven years working under fiscal agents, we achieved our nonprofit 501(c)3 status.

  • Year established:2012
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:7


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:46-0612312

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:460612312
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% SARAH LOFTIN
  • Organization Address:4265 FAIRMOUNT AVE STE 280
  • Organization City:SAN DIEGO
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:92105-6403
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 2013
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2015
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:P20
  • Asset Amount:$59,657
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$276,755
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$276,755
  • Last Updated:3/20/2018 10:43:56 am

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