Jewish Fund for Justice backs anti-poverty groups in Bay Area

In addition, the Youth of Oakland United received $1,500 for youth development programs and for establishing an advisory committee to find solutions to youth violence.

Last month, JFJ awarded grants totaling $250,500 to 39 groups fighting poverty in the United States.

Elsewhere in the state, Santa Maria's Interfaith Community Organizing Project of the Central Coast received $5,000 to help create a magnet high school that will prepare teenagers from low-income, farmworker families for jobs in the aerospace industry.

Four organizations in Los Angeles received funding, including the Mar Vista Family Center, which received a Purim Fund grant of $7,500 from JFJ's Solomon and Violet Weiss Memorial Fund. The money will help staff the center's leadership development program, which teaches advocacy skills to women and girls.

The Los-Angeles-based Communities for Accountable Reinvestment also received a $7,500 grant to fight redlining in low-income, minority communities. The money will also fund the development of a Contractors Referral Service to prevent home equity fraud.

The Tourism Industry Development Council in Los Angeles received $5,000 to lobby for a city ordinance that would require companies benefiting from city government contracts or subsidies to provide livable wages and job security to their employees.

Another $5,000 grant was awarded to the Labor Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles. The money will help organize bus riders to fight for better access to public transportation and reduced bus emissions.

Since 1985, the JFJ has awarded 521 grants to 342 advocacy and organizing groups fighting poverty in 44 states and the District of Columbia. For information, call (212) 213-2113.