November 09, 2017

LAWT News Service


Board of Equalization Member Jerome E. Horton was honored at the 10th National Lighting the Community Summit Prayer Breakfast for his work with the nonprofit community-based organization, Korean Churches for Community Development, soon to be Faith and Community Empowerment. The Board of Equalization oversees the Welfare Tax Exemptions for nonprofits including Property Tax.

Horton spoke about the negative impact of high taxes on the over 8 million Californians living in poverty. He encouraged the faith community to work collectively to end poverty. Statistics show that one in five children live in poverty and there are 115,000 people homeless in California, the state has the highest poverty rate in the nation. The event was cosponsored by the city of Los Angeles and speakers included Los Angeles City Human Resources Commissioner Nirinjan Singh Khalsa, First A.M.E. Church Pastor Edgar Boyd, Televangelist and Pastor Dr. Robert Schuller, and Pepperdine University Dean Helen Williams.

“I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve California for over 37 years as an elected official and civil servant,” Member Horton said. “It has been my conviction to stand up to protect and advocate for the underserved in our community through connecting and creating private and public collaborations.”

The 10th National Lighting the Community Summit, which was held at Los Angeles City Hall from November 2-4, 2017, provided opportunities for AAPI Christian churches and leaders to learn how to access funding opportunities, build successful partnerships with various stakeholders, and better implement their programs and services for the community; and brought together faith and community leaders to meet and network with funders, elected officials, government agencies, and other important stakeholders. The Board of Equalization offers resources to assist nonprofit organizations, including an array of property tax exemptions and Publication 18, a sales and use tax guide for nonprofit organizations.

KCCD/FACE was formed in 2001 with the mission to serve as a light and bridge between the Asian American community and the greater community at large by connecting and creating private and public collaboration, maximizing the capacities of faith-based organizations and other community non-profits, increasing access to resources and funds, and assisting low-income individuals and revitalizing neighborhoods.

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