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MetLife Foundation Honors Alliance to Revitalize East LA

L.A. County Community Development Foundation will receive a $25,000 Community-Police Partnership Award, Nov. 14

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: November 10, 2012


MetLife Foundation Honors Alliance to Revitalize East LA


Local community development leaders, along with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Community Development Commission and Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles, are being recognized nationally for their innovation in
promoting community safety through strategic economic development and creative partnerships.

The Los Angeles County Community Development Foundation will receive a MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award during an 11:00 a.m. ceremony on November 14th at the Nueva Maravilla Community Center, 4919 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., in East Los Angeles. Supervisor Gloria Molina and Housing Commissioner Alma Cibrian will be attending, while a MetLife representative presents this prestigious award to the community during a celebration beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The Los Angeles community safety partnership was selected as a first place winner from more than 560 applicants for one of 10 MetLife Foundation honors. The Los Angeles County Community Development Foundation will receive $25,000 to advance this safety partnership from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), which has administered the MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Awards program for 11 years.

"Collaboration between community-based groups and police departments can reduce crime, stimulate housing and business activity, and improve the quality of life in low-income neighborhoods," said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. "The Los Angeles County partnership is an exemplary model for groups nationwide facing similar challenges and opportunities."

"We are so proud that the hard work and creativity of Los Angeles groups are being recognized on the national stage," said Los Angeles LISC executive director Claudia Lima, "The Reimagining East L.A. work with the Sherriff's department has strengthened this neighborhood in ways that are seen and felt by residents and business owners every day. We are proud to join MetLife Foundation in celebrating the great strides they have made in improving the safety and vitality of this community."

In 1997, the Los Angeles County Community Development Foundation (CDF) and the Community Development Commission and the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (CDC/HACoLA) began to partner with the L.A. Sheriff's Department (LASD) to combat the drug dealing and gang activity in the Nueva Maravilla housing complexes. A comprehensive Community Policing Program was initiated that included crime prevention, youth and adult intervention, and enforcement strategies.

By 2003, the collaborative efforts of CDF, CDC/HACoLA, and LASD to reduce crime began to expand its focus to include the community surrounding Nueva Maravilla. During that year, the Maravilla Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was intentionally created as a means of integrating the diverse Maravilla stakeholders, including representatives from business owners, community leaders, developers, social service providers, and law enforcement. This strategic alliance planned and oversaw major redevelopment activity linked to crime reduction and economic growth strategies.

"The Maravilla neighborhood has undergone a tremendous transformation over the past 20 that truly shatters the image that associates poverty with crime and gang-life." said CDF Executive Director, Jennifer Blackwell-Trotter. "This change is only possible with the leadership, determination, and vision of the entire community to reimagine East LA as a safe and vibrant community."

"We are proud of this partnership and how our combined efforts have helped to build better lives and better neighborhoods for Los Angeles County residents." stated Sean Rogan, CDC/HACoLA Executive Director.

"Since 1993, the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACoLA) and the L. A. County Sheriff's Department have partnered together to combat crime in and around the Nueva Maravilla housing site," said Captain Robert J. Tubbs, the Unit Commander of the Community Oriented Policing Services Bureau. "The commitment of HACoLA to establish a dedicated Community Policing Program has truly made a significant difference in our communities. This partnership has been extremely successful in reducing crime and improving the quality of life for families living in public housing."

From program inception, violent, property and drug crimes declined from 239 to 41 at the Nueva Maravilla public housing site.

Event Information
What: MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award Presentation and Celebration
When: Wednesday, November 14th, 2012. Press conference at 11:00 am
Where: 4919 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90022

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