The Home Zone Collective Impact Initiative in the LA Promise Zone
The LA Promise Zone
The L.A. Promise Zone is a collective impact initiative involving leaders from government, local institutions, non-profits and community organizations. The Promise Zone is President Obama’s signature anti-poverty initiative, with Los Angeles was chosen for one of the first five Promise Zone locations in the nation.
Targeting resources to create jobs, boost public safety, improve public education and stimulate better housing opportunities for Los Angeles residents and neighborhoods, the effort prioritizes four related goals: advancing economic opportunity, improving education, making neighborhoods safe, and building sustainable, livable places.
The L.A. Promise Zone includes Hollywood, East Hollywood, Wilshire Center, Westlake/MacArthur Park and Pico Union. SEE MAP BELOW.
To stay off the streets, low-income families are forced into inadequate and overcrowded living conditions, while experiencing severe rent burden, high rates of forced displacement, and periodic or long-term homelessness.
Partnering for Change
Within the collective impact framework, Partnering for Change is leading the development of the Home Zone Task Force to address housing instability among families with children in the LA Promise Zone and improve the living conditions for everyone. Distinct yet connected “working groups” will facilitate cross-sector collaboration among Partner agencies – schools, child and family services, neighborhood and community development initiatives, healthcare, and legal aid – and among government entities, philanthropy, the private sector, and civil society.
Based on the most recent census, for example, a total of 3,173 renters were living in shared housing (two separate households living in the same rental unit).
95% of LA Promise Zone residents are RENTERS and 73% of the rental units are small studios or one-bedroom apartments.
Due to this and other factors, the Los Angeles Promise Zone has a much higher population density than the rest of Los Angeles (33,585 vs. 8,117 persons per square mile) (U.S. Census Data – 2014 Community American Survey).
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It is anticipated that the Home Zone Pilot Project will serve as a demonstration for adaptation in other neighborhoods and communities.