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Community listening sessions are scheduled with the Los Angeles County Care First and Community Investment Advisory Committee (CFCI) to get recommendations for what projects will receive funding to address outcomes caused by racially driven criminal justice inequities and communities suffering from chronic economic debt. 

The advisory committee is seeking feedback from the community by conducting surveys, project recommendation forms, and virtual and in-person listening sessions across Los Angeles County. 

On November 3, 2020, the voters of Los Angeles County approved Measure J, which dedicated no less than 10 percent of the County’s locally generated unrestricted funding to address the disproportionate impact of racial injustice through community investments such as youth development, job training, small business development, supportive housing services and alternatives to incarceration. 

The committee is also seeking project and program recommendations from community stakeholders. Stakeholders and residents can participate by submitting a Project Recommendation Form by noon on May 1. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/58yat7cp

On Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m.to 8 p.m., McCarty Memorial Christian Church, 4101 West Adams Blvd., will host a listening session. Register at https://tinyurl.com/2ekvh3ew

Another one of the sessions is set for Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Paving the Way Foundation, 44818 Fern Ave., #105, Lancaster visit https://tinyurl.com/2p857y4w.

The CFCI Advisory Committee is charged with providing recommendations to the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office (CEO). Then the CEO will recommend to the Board of Supervisors the Year 2 Spending Plan who will make the final decision. 

This is an opportunity for any Los Angeles County resident to engage in the community-driven process and bring forward priority funding recommendations based on what they know is needed for communities to thrive. Funding priorities could include:

•  Community health services

•  Community counseling

•  Youth development programs

•  Affordable housing

•  Supportive housing, rent assistance

•  Jobs creation

•  Community-based restorative justice programs

•  And other critical priorities

The projects that will be funded will include direct community investments and alternatives to incarceration that are informed by the framework of the Sequential Intercept Model. For more information about the Alternatives to Incarceration Sequential Intercept Model, visit https://tinyurl.com/2p88a88u.

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