The Los Angeles Area Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers records consists of correspondence, reports, memorandums,
bylaws, and meeting minutes, 1954-1976 (bulk 1965-1967) that document the development and founding, and activities, of this
non-profit organization. The conception and incorporation of the federation are very well documented; also included are records
pertaining to some of the major programs sponsored by the Federation, including Head Start; and the Federation's funding relationship
with United Way of Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers was conceived in 1959 when the Welfare Federation of Los
Angeles set up a Settlements and Centers Study Committee to explore possible interest in an affiliation of the various settlement
houses and centers currently operating in the city of Los Angeles. In January 1963 the Federation was officially incorporated
and among its first actions was the development of a proposal for an anti-poverty program. In 1965, with a tiny staff, it
became the delegate agency for three large anti-poverty programs overseeing the operations of Head Start, Teen Post, and the
Neighborhood Adult Participation Project (NAPP). In mid 1967, the Federation resigned as delegate agency for Teen Post and
NAPP, both of which had struggled with extraordinary problems, and returned to its former settlement work and usual task as
an advocate for needed social services.
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