East Los Angeles communities are getting a facelift after the Board of Supervisors passed a motion, authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, to award over $250,000 in funds for a Clean-up and Graffiti Deterrent project.

“Communities thrive when everyone takes part in caring for their neighborhoods,” said Supervisor Solis. “I am thrilled to see the next generation learning core values and staying on the right track while working towards the betterment of the greater community.”

The funding comes directly from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and will award $253,105 to the Los Angeles Conversation Corps (LACC) for this project. Specifically, the project will task low-income youth to conduct a short-term cleanup campaign in community commercial areas of the First District. A modular green screen will also be installed in front of blank walls to deter graffiti.

 “We are incredibly thankful to Supervisor Solis for her continued support for our mission, the community, and the young people we serve,” said Wendy Butts, Chief Executive Officer for the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. “This funding will not only provide our Corpsmembers with invaluable work experience, but this will serve as a tremendous opportunity for them to give back to the community – a community from which many of them hail – and to see how they are contributing to something much larger than themselves.”

The project will provide at-risk youth and young adults with the ability to develop self-esteem, achieve educational goals, establish and pursue life and career aims through community contribution projects, as well as beautify the community. These actions stem from the County’s one-year action plan to carry out housing and community development activities funded by CDBG funds, and fall in line with Supervisor Solis’ mission to improve local neighborhoods while providing opportunities to at-risk youth and young adults. This allocation will allow LACC to provide these services in East Los Angeles in conjunction with Supervisor Solis’ office.


Contact: Michael Kapp, Communications Director, (213) 974-4111 or mkapp@bos.lacounty.gov