L.A.'s anti-poverty resource centers now open
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Monday that all 21 resource centers in the city’s anti-poverty program are now open, offering a one-stop location for government assistance in connection with housing, nutrition, health insurance, tax information and other needs.
The locations offer a single application for many of the federal, state, county and city assistance programs and are located in neighborhoods hardest hit by the recession.
Of the 21 FamilySource Centers in L.A., 16 are being run by community organizations and five by the city.
The program is being funded through an $18-million federal community development grant and federal stimulus money. As of December, Los Angeles had an unemployment rate of 13.2%, a slight dip from the month before but still higher than rates in the county, which is at 12%, and statewide at 12.1%.
-- Phil Willon at L.A. City Hall