About 1,000 people packed a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors hearing Thursday to request funding for Hope in Youth, but board members made it clear that they are unlikely to support long-term financing for the anti-gang program.
Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, however, placed an item on next week's agenda so that the board can decide whether to grant the year-old program $350,000 to remain active for another month.
Hope in Youth, which got $2.9 million from the county last year, has asked for $1.9 million so the group can continue staffing centers until June. But the county is facing its own potential budget shortfall of $200 million to $1 billion.
"We all know you are suffering with severe budgetary constraints," Bishop Frederick Borsch told the board. "But this is an extraordinarily cost-effective program. It would be unwise to spend (money) to train workers and put them into the field and then dash those hopes by not continuing the funding."