September 6, 2022
$100 Million Care First Community Investment Spending Plan Invests in Equity and Community
Year 2 Investments Build on Care First, Jails Last vision
The Board of Supervisors today approved a $100 million Care First Community Investment (CFCI) Spending Plan—with Year 2 allocations to further advance Los Angeles County’s Care First, Jails Last vision with direct community investments and funding for alternatives to incarceration.
This second annual investment of $100 million advances the County’s commitment to build up to the full CFCI set aside by 2024 and it adds to the first year’s CFCI investment of $187.7 million, which includes American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. The total CFCI investment is now $287.7 million.
The approved spending plan funds all 22 programs recommended by the Care First Community Investment Advisory Committee. The 23-member committee held marathon public meetings and engaged the community via virtual and in-person listening sessions, a community survey and the engagement of trusted community-based organizations.
The plan was developed with an equity lens, with a primary focus on chronically under-resourced communities to address negative outcomes caused by racially-driven criminal justice inequities and long-term community economic disinvestment.
Highlights of the funding plan include:
- More than $45 million will be dedicated to housing, with more than $42 million dedicated to permanent housing for the County’s most vulnerable populations.
- More than $40 million will be administered by a third-party administrator with the majority of funds passing through to community-based organizations. County departments will be encouraged to distribute most of their funding directly to community-based providers as well.
- Nearly $20 million will be dedicated to programs prioritizing youth development.
- More than $14.5 million will fund violence prevention.
- More than $11 million will fund programs for non-carceral diversion or to support residents returning to the community after incarceration.
- More than $8 million will fund education or job training.
A summary of the Care First Community Investment spending plan is here
Details of programs funded are here
The CFCI Advisory Committee’s report and recommendations are here
The board letter and related documents are here.
For more information about Care First Community Investment, visit the Alternatives to Incarceration website.