LA among Obama’s ‘Promise Zones’

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March 29, 2013: A homeless man pushes a shopping cart full of his belongings across an intersection in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hon, File)

March 29, 2013: A homeless man pushes a shopping cart full of his belongings across an intersection in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hon, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will announce five “Promise Zones” this week as part of his effort to focus on income inequality in the lead-up to his State of the Union address.

Promise Zones are areas where the federal government provides tax incentives and grants to help communities tackle poverty. Obama first announced the initiative during last year’s State of the Union speech.

On Thursday, Obama will announce the first Promise Zone locations. They’re in San Antonio, Texas; Philadelphia; Los Angeles; southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

The White House says Obama believes investing in and rebuilding economically challenged communities is crucial to helping children have a chance at success.

 

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