Voice of San Diego: Hueso’s Bill to Target High-Poverty Areas

January 12, 2018

By Marisa Agha / January 12, 2018

As excerpted from Voice of San Diego

Sen. Ben Hueso’s effort to create a state coordinator who can steer federal funds to communities designated as high-poverty moved forward this week. The initiative’s aim is to boost job growth, educational opportunities, public health efforts and reduce violent crime.

San Diego is among four cities in California with areas identified as “promise zones” by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The others are in the Los Angeles metro and Sacramento.

San Diego’s promise zone covers 6.4 square miles that span the East Village and Barrio Logan, east to the Encanto and Emerald Hills’ neighborhoods.

“We need to get this program kick-started,” said Hueso, a San Diego Democrat. “We need to focus on these areas and reverse the cycle of poverty.”

The bill, introduced early last year, passed the Senate Standing Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development on Monday. The bill may be heard on the senate floor before the end of the month.

President Obama launched the Promise Zone initiative in 2014.