Who We Serve
While South Los Angeles is an area with great economic need, it is also home to a diverse and vibrant community recognized for its culture, history, and neighborhood assets such as the highly-respected community organizations that are SLATE-Z partners.
The total population within SLATE-Z is approximately 197,539. Of that number, 92% are people of color - primarily Latinx (72%) and Black or African American (20.4%), with a large immigrant population (41.2% foreign-born).
The unemployment rate is over 12%, and almost 56% of residents in SLATE-Z live below 150% of the federal poverty level, compared to 30% countywide. Workforce participation is low, with only 59% of 18 to 64 year-olds, compared to 64% in the county, indicating that many have given up the search for work due to deep seated barriers.
SLATE-Z has a relatively young population: 66% are of working age (18-64), 25% are youth under 18, and only 8% are 65 years or older. However, low educational attainment remains a major obstacle to quality employment. Nearly half the population older than 25 years (47.2%) has less than a high school education and only 10.6% have a bachelor's degree or higher (compared to 30.4% countywide).
Because of the many systematic barriers to educational attainment and living wage employment, improving educational outcomes and workforce development are two core pieces of the SLATE-Z strategic plan to connect residents to economic opportunity. The SLATE-Z partnership believes that the most significant asset in South LA is the social and human capital among residents and a collection of institutions committed to working together to revitalize the community.