CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS $1.6 MILLION TO ASSIST CHILDREN, YOUTH & PARENTS IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY

California Community Foundation (CCF) has announced nearly $1.6 million in two-year grants to 16 nonprofit organizations working to improve transitional housing for foster youth, affordable housing policy and advocacy, health care and coverage for the uninsured, women’s health, parental engagement in public education, immigrant integration in public housing, and other vital concerns in Los Angeles County. Examples of funding include:

Quality and Affordable Health Care for Low-Income Individuals and Families

CCF is providing half a million dollars in general operating support for health centers and clinics to focus on women’s health, primary and mental health, and dental health. Funding will be used to improve access to high quality, affordable and culturally sensitive health care for residents across the county. For example, the American Indian Healing Center in Whittier will use its grant to provide primary and mental health care for urban Native Americans.

Affordable Housing and Service-enriched Programs for Special Needs Tenants

Nearly half a million dollars will go to policy and advocacy efforts at local and state-wide levels to expand affordable housing in L.A. Funding will also provide more specialized services, such as social and health, to current and incoming tenants of affordable housing properties in the county. West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation is among the nonprofits receiving funding.

Specialized Legal and Health Support for Foster Youth

Grants will be used to protect the legal rights as well as primary and mental health of youth in the foster care system. Organizations like California Youth Connection in Monterey Park and LeRoy Haynes Center for Children and Family Services in La Verne will also provide policy and advocacy support to improve the overall foster care system in L.A., in addition to transitional housing services.

California Community Foundation (CCF) is a public, charitable organization serving Los Angeles County in multiple capacities since 1915. It encourages philanthropy by individuals, families, companies and organizations, and serves as a steward of their charitable funds and legacies. It makes grants to nonprofits and collaborates in addressing the needs of vulnerable populations such as persons with disabilities. It actively engages in community problem solving with business, civic, government and other organizations. For more information, visit http://www.calfund.org or follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/calfund .

SUMMARY OF GRANTS BY CORE PROGRAM AREAS TO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS March 2012

        Organization                                         Service Area         Amount
        Civic Engagement
        The Advancement Project                              Watts                $200,000
        Education
        UCLA Foundation                                      Los Angeles          $75,000
        Health Care
        American Indian Healing Center                       Whittier             $100,000
        Health Access Foundation                             Los Angeles          $75,000
        Samuel Dixon Family Health Center, Inc.              Santa Clarita Valley $175,000
        Westside Family Health Center                        Santa Monica         $150,000
        Housing and Neighborhoods
        California Housing Partnership Corporation           Los Angeles County   $100,000
        Housing California                                   Los Angeles County   $100,000
        Local Initiatives Support Corporation                Los Angeles County   $80,000
        LTSC Community Development Corporation               Los Angeles County   $100,000
        West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation         West Hollywood       $100,000
        Human Development
        Alliance for Children's Rights                       Los Angeles County   $70,000
        California Youth Connection                          Monterey Park        $50,000
        Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services         Pasadena             $70,000
        LeRoy Haynes Center for Children and Family Services La Verne             $60,000
        Pacific Clinics                                      Arcadia              $50,000
                                                             Grand Total          $1,555,000

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