Homeboy Industries faces drop in financial support; mayor's office helps

A Southland gang intervention program will manage at least 10 more months of paydays. Homeboy Industries had been running out of cash because donations had dropped off. Today, the Los Angeles City Council authorized the mayor’s gang reduction office to negotiate a $340,000 contract with the nonprofit.

Hector Verdugo helps to guide newcomers to Homeboy Industries. The organization offers free tattoo removal, job training, and other programs to help gang members move away from the street life. It also runs some for-profit ventures that employ former gang members.

Hector Verdugo: "I tell you this place, Homeboy Industries is like a miracle factory, I mean when you least expect it, money will just pop up. It's like God is like looking at us and seeing where our faith is at. It seems like that, you know."

The organization was able to meet Friday's payroll, but Homeboy founder Father Gregory Boyle was on the verge of imposing unpaid furlough days because he wasn’t sure where more money would come from.

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