Community center to receive $2.25 million in redistributed LAPD funding

LOS ANGELES — City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell was due to present a check for $2.25 million to a nonprofit community center that fights poverty on Wednesday, with funding redistributed by the Los Angeles Police Department to the summer 2020.

The council redistributed the funds with the intention of investing in underserved communities following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

O’Farrell said in a statement that the work that began in 2020 to “distribute resources more thoughtfully and equitably in Los Angeles is coming to fruition.”

“This investment represents our commitment to ensuring that thousands of underserved Angelenos, especially our young people, have the support they need to lead long, productive and fulfilling lives which, in turn, benefits all of society.” , added O’Farrell. “We care about you and we believe in you, because we believe in this great city, its incredible potential and where you belong.”

The Bresee Foundation serves 2,500 adults, 900 middle and high school students, and 100 at-risk youth in downtown Los Angeles each year free of charge. The investment will help the nonprofit help more than 10,000 youth and families over the next few years, according to O’Farrell’s office.

Bresee, entering its fourth decade of operation, offers a number of services that include job training, gang prevention and after-school education.

“When we invest in young people with skills, resources and connections, they thrive,” said Seth Eklund, executive director of Bresee. “This incredible investment will allow Bresee to serve thousands of Angelenos, transforming lives.”

Jill E. Washington