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"Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles - Community Economic Development Unit"

May/June 1994 issue of Poverty & Race

8601 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90003 213/971-6039
Contact: Mary Ochs/Jacqueline Leap 310/825-4380

The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), with assistance from the UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, has c ducted research into the depth and viability of job development and train programs among Los Angeles County public housing projects.

Preliminary results reveal that, in con-trast to myriad media depictions, job training programs provide only marginal gains in employment opportunities within and outside of the public housing system. LAFLA and UCLA have begun a pro-cess of identifying effective models throughout the country which can then be proposed for replication within the Los Angeles County public housing system. They have also organized work-shops for public housing residents on the availability and effectiveness of existing programs. Plans are also underway to provide technical assistance on the devel-opment of effective job training programs for public housing projects that are being re-organized and revitalized.

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