Pacoima is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the northern San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. It covers an area of 7.14 square miles and has a population of over 81,000 people, with a density of approximately 10,510 people per square mile.
Pacoima is bordered by the Los Angeles districts of Mission Hills on the west, Arleta on the south, Sun Valley on the southeast, Lake View Terrace on the northeast, and by the city of San Fernando on the north.
Pacoima’s written history dates to 1769 when the first party of white men crossed the valley on their way to Monterey Bay. After the founding of Mission San Fernando Rey in 1771, the Indians were forced to learn Catholicism or face severe punishment. They lived at the mission and were forced to farm the large gardens of the mission which, in a few years, had stretched out over most of the valley.
The Mexican government secularized the mission lands in 1834 by taking them away from the church. The first governor of California, Pio Pico, leased the lands to Andrés Pico, his brother. In 1845, Pio Pico sold the whole San Fernando Valley to Don Eulogio de Celis for $14,000 to raise money for the war between Mexico and the United States, settled by a treaty signed at Campo de Cahuenga in 1845, and by the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. The Pacoima area became sheep ranches and wheat fields.
In the 1990 U.S. Census the unemployment rate in Pacoima was almost 14%, while the City of Los Angeles had an overall 8.4% overall unemployment rate. Many Pacoima residents who worked made less than $14,000 annually: the U.S. government’s poverty line for a family of four. Most residents owned their houses.
In 2008, the city estimated that the population was 81,318.
Just 4.2% of Pacoima residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, a low percentage for the city and the county. The 2010 U.S. census counted 103,689 residents in Pacoima’s 91331 zip code. The median age was 29.5, and the median yearly household income at that time was $49,842.
Red Cross is the “talk of the town” and Red Cross volunteers are now recognized across the community.
In Pacoima, the coalition expanded community-based partnerships by implementing an effective outreach plan with local leaders, securing pledge memberships to the Community Action Team ( CAT), and providing proper instruction, guidance and training.
Through teamwork, the territory installed more smoke alarms than any other territory in the Los Angeles Region. Additionally, a successful holiday toy and food drive, and a faith based breakfast helped to increase the visibility of the coalition in both Pacoima and the San Fernando Valley. Today, thanks to the local leadership of the Pacoima CAT, the community of Pacoima is better prepared to bounce back from a major emergency or disaster.
In the Spring of 2017, the Pacoima CAT demonstrated the impact of teamwork at a record breaking Home Fire Campaign event, installing 922 smoke alarms in one day! Pacoima CAT members played a major role, with a concentrated effort in securing home appointments for installation teams, booking over 20 volunteers for the day, and securing a donated lunch from local fast food chain, Chipotle.
Reached (coming soon) youth with preparedness information
Created (coming soon) evacuation plans
Installed more than (coming soon) smoke alarms
Conducted (coming soon) in-home visits
(coming soon) people served
• Calvary Baptist Church of Pacoima
• Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church
• Neighborhood Watch/Volunteer Special Education
• Office of Congressman Tony Cárdenas
• Parent Volunteers (LAUSD)
• San Fernando Valley LGBT Community Center
• Vaughn Next Century Learning Center
• Vaughn NCLC & Beachy Elementary School