Since 2000, Central City Neighborhood Partners (CCNP) has been a cornerstone in the community, providing access to free services through a collaborative model and enhancing the quality of life for underserved households throughout the City and County of Los Angeles with a focus on the Westlake/Pico-Union communities. Our foundation is based on Community, Collaboration, and Systemic Change. CCNP focuses on ensuring Equal Access to Essential Need Services, primarily regarding housing, food, health, transportation, and education, Building Financial Security through professional and career development, financial education, free tax preparation, and income supports, and Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders through academic support, youth leadership, civic engagement, and youth workforce development.
In 1992, after the Los Angeles civil unrest, former Councilman Mike Hernandez convened a group of community leaders, who were concerned about the effect the riots were having in their community. These community leaders were determined to develop innovative solutions that would address the community’s most pressing concerns -poverty, crime, unemployment, drugs, gangs, and violence. With these concerns in mind, they began discussing ways to collaborate, rebuild and share resources. They wanted to create better prospects for young people to counter the negative forces of the streets.
To accomplish this, collectively, the City of Los Angeles and community leaders developed a “one-stop” concept, where youth and their families could have all their service needs met in a single location. A place where resources could be shared and duplication of efforts alleviated, creating a cost-effective and efficient means of delivering services. With this vision, the City of Los Angeles applied for a demonstration grant through the US Department of Labor to implement the Youth Fair Chance (YFC) program, and in 1994 was selected as one of 17 agencies nationwide to implement YFC.
The goal of the YFC program was to help young people ages 14-30 finish high school, get better jobs, and address the personal and family problems that were obstacles to success. Building on the one-stop concept, the City of Los Angeles purchased a building that could house the collaborative under one roof so they could deliver comprehensive, coordinated, and integrated services that would accomplish the YFC goals and address the community’s concerns.
Today, the legacy of what started as a city demonstration grant continues as a non-profit collaborative organization and has expanded to include a continuum of family-centered services.
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