The Home Zone Pilot Project
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, first announced at his 2013 State of the Union Address. In January 2014, Los Angeles was chosen as one of the first five Promise Zone locations in the nation, giving Promise Zone partners preference points and technical assistance to earn federal grants.
The L.A. Promise Zone includes five diverse yet distinct neighborhoods: Hollywood, East Hollywood, Wilshire Center, Westlake/MacArthur Park and Pico Union. The L.A. Promise Zone serves a larger population than the other federal Promise Zones cities combined. SEE MAP BELOW. 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.
Partnering for Change is leading the development of the Home Zone Pilot Project to support L.A. Promise Zone goals, by addressing high rates of housing instability and homelessness among families with children living in the neighborhoods or served by programs and services based there.
Nearly one-quarter of Promise Zone households earn less than $15,000 each year, and educational attainment for adults is weak, with 35% of the population 25 years of age and older having obtained less than a high school diploma. The Promise Zone has alarming high school dropout rates, high unemployment, and a shortage of affordable housing. Families unable to pay the high rent on adequate space live in overcrowded conditions and substandard housing, and experience high rates of residential mobility and homelessness. Based on the most recent census, for example, a total of 3,173 renters are living in shared housing conditions, in which two separate households live in the same rental unit. 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).
It is anticipated that the Home Zone Pilot Project will serve as a demonstration for adaptation in other neighborhoods and communities.