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U.S. to designate poor L.A. areas a ‘Promise Zone,’ eligible for aid

LA School Report | January 8, 2014

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Logo_LATimesVia The Los Angeles Times |  By Soumya Karlamangla

The White House on Wednesday will designate a swath of Los Angeles a “Promise Zone,” a move intended to marshal millions of dollars in federal resources for pockets of poverty under a signature program of the Obama administration.

Marking the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s launch of the War on Poverty, the White House will name five communities across the country to be targeted. L.A.’s Promise Zone stretches through Pico-Union, Westlake, Koreatown, East Hollywood and Hollywood, what Mayor Eric Garcetti called some of the “toughest, challenged areas” in the city.

Federal money would be used to help improve education, housing and public safety.

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