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Responding to new opportunities and new funding, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted a Long-Term Family Self-Sufficiency Plan (LTFSS) on November 16, 1999. The LTFSS envisions 46 interrelated projects with the common goal of promoting sustained self-sufficiency for California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Act of 1997 (CalWORKs) families, for former CalWORKs families, and for other low-income families in Los Angeles County. Five “headline indicators” — low birth weight births, domestic violence arrests, annual income under poverty level, personal behaviors harmful to self or others, and teenage high school graduation — are being used to track each of the five outcome areas —good health; safety and survival; economic well-being; social and emotional well-being; and education/workforce readiness, respectively. This report presents estimates of the indicators for Los Angeles County, lays out a “baseline” trend for the indicators, describes the factors that have caused the baseline trends for the headline indicators to appear as they do-telling the “story behind the baseline,” and provides forecasts for the five headline indicators.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1


  • Chapter 2

    Good Health: Low Birth Weight Births

  • Chapter 3

    Safety and Survival: Domestic Violence Arrests

  • Chapter 4

    Economic Well-Being: Annual Income Under Poverty Level

  • Chapter 5

    Social and Emotional Well-Being: Personal Behaviors Harmful to Self or Others

  • Chapter 6

    Education and Workforce Readiness: Teenage High School Graduation

  • Chapter 7

    Conclusions and Next Steps

  • Appendix A

    Initial Funding for Each Project and the Headline Indicators the Projects Expect to Affect

  • Appendix B

    Data Sources and Estimates of All Indicators Not on the Data Development Agenda

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