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IMG BLQF Vision and Goal

The Byzantine-Latino Quarter Foundation (BLQF) Community Center was conceived of by a group of local community leaders and interested parties who wanted to give the area, Normandie and Pico and the surrounding neighborhoods, a much needed center where local children can come for enrichment, after school programs, and eventually vocational training. The neighborhood is one of the poorest in the city, with a large percent of the population living below the poverty line. There is a tremendous need to support and encourage children and young people in the area to keep them away from gangs, dropping out, teenage pregnancies, etc (rates are some of the highest in the city).

With funding from the State of California BLQF has purchased a building in the area that was formerly the Pacific Bell Telephone building, which qualifies as a California historic landmark. Construction that we do will be considered restoration of a historic landmark. We are now in the pre-construction phase, and we are looking for funding for building expenses, program operations, and an endowment for long-term sustainability. However, we already have both a gang prevention and other programs happening now, as well as a collaboration with the LA Philharmonic to teach music and music appreciation.

The scope of the 15th Street Community Center Project has also been expanded to eventually provide more exterior recreational space for neighborhood kids in an area of Los Angeles where there is shockingly only 1/5 of a sq. inch per person of outdoor recreation space.

The goal of the BLQF is to make permanent, institutional change in a very under-served neighborhood.


  BLQF Address: 2727 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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