Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) is a social service and community economic development organization based in an area known as Little Tokyo, serving those in need in the greater Los Angeles area. Our origins are in Little Tokyo, where we strive for a vibrant and healthy multi-ethnic neighborhood that preserves and celebrates its rich Japanese-American heritage. Our roots are also in the broader Japanese American community of Southern California, where we serve as the primary bilingual, bicultural social service provider in the region. As we gained experience over the years in social services and community economic development, we expanded our work to address the needs of disadvantaged groups of all ethnicities and backgrounds. We have done this by collaborating with community-based organizations that are addressing needs in low-income communities, with a historical foundation in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
These have evolved to become our three areas of work that continue today.
LTSC has always tried to respond to needs beyond our immediate neighborhood – but in a manner which emphasizes collaboration with community groups indigenous to that area. As LTSC gained experience as an affordable housing developer, it became the premiere resource for such development in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and other low-income communities. As a result, many community-based organizations asked LTSC for assistance in addressing the housing needs of populations they served. Because of this demand, we developed the Affordable Housing Collaborative program through which LTSC partners with community based organizations that do not have the requisite real estate experience to develop affordable housing on their own.
To date, we have developed over 760 units, housing close to 2,500 people, with another 288 units currently in the pipeline. We are working with over 15 different organizations including Asian and Pacific Islander groups such as Chinatown Service Center, Koreatown Youth and Community Center, the Thai Community Development Center, as well as other low-income organizations such as the Coalition for Responsible Community Development in the predominantly African American and Latino South L.A. neighborhood. These are projects for seniors, for families, and for special needs populations such as emancipated foster youth, survivors of domestic violence, chronically mentally ill, formerly homeless, and many others. LTSC lends its real estate experience and capacity to build the housing, and once completed, our partner organization then provides the services to residents.
LTSC also works in several other collaboratives which provide services to multiple API communities such as the one we developed to provide assistance to small businesses in the Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Thai and Japanese communities. This program has helped to start-up or strengthen hundreds of small businesses and create and maintain thousands of jobs in those businesses.
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For more information check out our website at www.LTSC.org.