Under guidelines of the Obama administration’s Promise Zone initiative, the area designated for preferential aid in Los Angeles included poor neighborhoods west of downtown. But areas to the south and east, which a Times analysis shows have considerably more poverty, were ineligible for Promise Zone status.
NOTE: For the original Promise Zone, the poverty rate reported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development used a combination of two measures, the federal poverty rate and the low-income household rate. Using the HUD methodology The Times calculated a slightly lower rate of 34.2%. For a detailed methodology, see www.latimes.com/poverty-methodology.