EWDD’s Rapid Response team hosting an unemployment orientation for Forever 21 employees laid off following the closure of the Lincoln Heights deployment center
EWDD’s Rapid Response team recently provided transitional services to 580 warehouse workers impacted by the bankruptcy of fast fashion company Forever 21, which is shuttering its Lincoln Heights deployment center and relocating to Perris, CA.

EWDD, in partnership with the California Employment Development Department (EDD), Covered California, and the Los Angeles Unified School District Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE), held 40 orientations in 10 days to provide employees with information about how to apply for benefits such as healthcare, and unemployment and job training.

Representatives from EWDD’s Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles, Northeast LA and Downtown/Pico Union WorkSource Centers also attended.

Beginning January 2, 2020, the Rapid Response Team held four 1 to 1.5 hour sessions a day, offering 15 in English and 25 in Spanish.

EWDD and its partners first learned of the closure in late September 2019. The team worked closely for several months to arrange logistics in preparation for the ten day stretch of orientations. In addition, EWDD has offered Rapid Response assistance to employees at the Forever 21 in Van Nuys, a store location that was identified for closure within LA City limits.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of January 27, 2020. Read this issue and more.