CHOA Events

CHOA has in-person gatherings every 6 months.  These are just 2 hours on a Saturday morning, from 9:30am to 11:30am.  Gratefully, about 20-30 folks show up.  Our past events are shown below.  These gatherings allows CHOA to share with the faith community what CHOA is doing on housing, what is going on with housing in Arcadia, and what is coming up.  These are also really helpful times to just connect with real people, and be encouraged by what others are doing.  Sometimes that helps us all see, we can make an impact… we each do our part.

We like to go to a different church for each event.  If your church would like to host our next gathering, please contact CHOA.

Upcoming Events

Our next Sharing Gathering will be on Saturday, October 19th, from 9:30am to 11:30am.  Gratefully, Arcadia Community Church will host this gathering.  More info to come.

Past Events

Below are the events CHOA has held since starting in the Spring of 2022.  We have a Sharing Session every 6 months.  Take a look what we did by clicking the dates links below.  We provide our handouts, slides, and videos for each event in the bellow links.  Contact us to get the password for these web pages (see the videos).

  • April 20th, 2024 – This Sharing Session was thankfully at Hills Church again.  Our main focus was a new effort, Safe Parking Program.  We had Foothill Unity Center share, as well as hear from Pastor Sharon from Trinity Lutheran church in Pasadena.  They have held their Safe Parking Program for 2 years in Pasadena.  We also heard again from Mayor April Verlato, on the Homelessness Symposium in February, and little bit about affordable housing on the Lucile parcel.  CHOA shared on the Housing Element, on the Rezoning vote passed in February, and the upcoming Inclusionary Ordinance vote coming before City Countil in the next few months.
  • Nov. 4th, 2023 – This Sharing Session was at Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration.  Mayor April Verlato spoke about affordable housing being built by the San Gabriel Valley Regional Trust.  CHOA shared on the Housing Element, Affordable Housing, and briefly introduced the Safe Parking Program idea for Arcadia.
  • Sept. 15th, 2023Pray for Housing – We were led (and hosted) by Hope International Church in prayer for housing in Arcadia.  This is our prayer list for the next 12 months. Please continue to pray for housing until the next election in Nov. 2024.
  • April 29th, 2023 – This Sharing session was at the Hills Church, on what CHOA is doing, and what you can do to reduce homelessness, and build affordaable housing.
  • Nov. 5th 2022 – Our first Sharing Session was gathering to hear about Short-term efforts, the Housing Count, the Hills Church food distribtuion, and from Abundant LA.  We met at Santa Anita Church.
  • April 30, 2022Exploring Arcadia Housing Solutions…our first gathering, led by Jill Shook, with Making Housing and Community Happen, in Pasadena.  This gathering was our initial effort, and then we created a team, calling ourselves CHOA (Creative Housing Options in Arcadia.)  We grateful to Foothill Unity Center for hosting us.