The Promise Zone program is President Obama's signature anti-poverty initiative, first announced at his 2013 State of the Union address. Mayor Eric Garcetti led a coalition of non profit and public sector organizations on an aggressive bid to win the Promise Zone designation for Los Angeles.  

In January 2014, Mayor Garcetti joined President Obama at the White House as it was announced that our city was chosen as one of the first five Promise Zone locations in our nation. Our successful bid for the designation would not have been possible without the groundbreaking work of the Youth Policy Institute. YPI's experience with federal programs that support community change efforts in the areas of education, public safety and affordable housing provide the foundation for the work of the LA Promise Zone. 

A Letter from Mayor Eric Garcetti

The LA Promise Zone is a collective impact project to fight urban poverty. It provides resources and leadership to the organizations -- public, non-profit, and community based - that are making Central Los Angeles a better place to live, work and play.

The City of Los Angeles is the lead agency for the initiative, and I am proud to host the LA Promise Zone Operations Team within my office of economic development. Since the establishment of the LA Promise Zone designation in January 2014, we have forged a powerful cross - sector partnership that is demonstrating how to target and align federal and local funding to create better life outcomes for students and families.

The City of Angels has always been a hub of innovation in America.It is deeply gratifying to advance innovation that addresses urban poverty and offers promising practices to other Los Angeles communities and to the nation. Working with citizens and our social sector partners, we are building a greater city where the future is bright for everyone.


The First Five Promise Zones Across the Country 

Requirements for First Round of Applicants was that the community had to be both high capacity and the lead applicant had to partner with an organization that had received one of the three Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative Grants:

1.  HUD - Choice Neighborhoods 

2. ED - Promise Neighborhoods

3. DOJ - Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program ( BCJI) 

First Round of Promise Zone Designees

  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. Choctaw Nation, OK
  3. Philadelphia, PA
  4. San Antonio, TX
  5. Southeastern Kentucky, KY

Second Round of Promise Zone Designees

  1. Camden City Promise Zone, NJ
  2. IndyEast Promise Zone, IN
  3. Minneapolis Promise Zone, MN
  4. North Hartford Promise Zone, CT
  5. Sacramento Promise Zone, CA
  6. South Carolina Promise Zone, SC
  7. South Dakota Promise Zone, SD
  8. St. Louis Promise Zone, MO

Third Round of Promise Zone Designees

  1. Atlanta, Georgia
  2. Nashville, Tennessee
  3. Evansville, Indiana
  4. South Los Angeles, California
  5. San Diego, California
  6. Southwest Florida Regional Planning Commission
  7. Spokane Tribe of Indians, Washington
  8. Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Rolette County, North Dakota
  9. Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico

Types of Promise Zones 

  1. Rural
  2. Tribal
  3. Urban

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