EWDD’s Hollywood WorkSource Center has assembled six crews to help with the Creek wildfire cleanup through the National Dislocated Worker Grant
In 2018, the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) received a National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) to help with the cleanup and repair of public and private non-profit facilities impacted by December 2017 wildfires, including the impacted communities of Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar and Sun Valley.

The grant provides temporary employment to workers and residents impacted by the wildfires, and also gives an opportunity for long-term unemployed individuals, including ex-offenders, to get back on their feet.

The Hollywood WorkSource Center (WSC), run by EWDD contractor MCS, along with its partner employers, currently have six active crews focused on the Creek wildfire clean-up.

Below are the stories of two participants that demonstrate the positive impact of this program.

Jorge on the job as part of the Creek wildfire clean-up crew
Jorge working on the Creek wildfire clean-up crew

JORGE

Jorge views his employment opportunity with the wildfire clean-up crew as a second chance. Jorge had been struggling to find a stable job and financial self-sufficiency since he had dropped out of high school and lost touch with family and friends.

At the Hollywood WSC, Jorge received supportive services and through the grant, OSHA 10 training. He now actively works on the Creek wildfire clean-up efforts at La Tuna Canyon trails, which has given him a stable income, allowed him to move forward and feel better about his future.

Jorge said the job taught him about responsibility, discipline, and the importance of working in a team environment.

To date, he and his crew have cleared and repaired over 4.5 miles of eroded trails, now accessible to the public by foot or horseback once again.


JAYSON

Before joining the Creek wildfire clean-up crew, Jayson was homeless. He was living on the streets of Hollywood, without means of transportation or regular contact with family.

After coming across a flyer for the National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) program, Jayson attended an orientation at the Hollywood WorkSource, and in August 2018, he began work with the Creek wildfire clean-up efforts at the historic McGroarty Arts Center, a property of the City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs.

Within his first few weeks of work, a Hollywood WorkSource case manager was able to help Jayson contact and receive residential shelter through the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA).

Jayson is now happy to have stable housing, gainful employment and looks forward to the weekends when he is able to visit his children and take them out to dinner on his paycheck.


Employment opportunities with the Creek wildfire crews are ongoing. For more information, please contact Noel Khoshabou at the Hollywood WorkSource Center at 213-355-5304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of October 22, 2018. Read this issue and more.