the exterior of recently remodeled Lupita’s Corner Market in Westlake Park
The City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) provided grant funding to renovate Lupita’s Corner Market, a transformation that creates a healthy food option in LA’s Westlake/MacArthur Park.

EWDD gave financial support for the project by providing Community Development Block Grant funding to the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, which spearheads the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network Program (HNMNP). The HNMNP addresses Mayor Eric Garcetti’s initiative to introduce healthy food options to the City’s food deserts. The program builds the capacity of corner stores by assisting neighborhood market owners to operate as successful healthy food retailers in underserved communities.

Downtown Taco Company food truck
The Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center has provided long-term assistance to Pablo Romero, owner and operator of Downtown Taco, located in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles.

Pablo first came to the Harbor-Watts BusinessSource as a taco street vendor working throughout the streets of Los Angeles. After an initial assessment, the BusinessSource provided Pablo with training in permits and licensing, business entities and access to capital.

LA:RISE Participant Erick, posing in a moss green hoodie
Erick joined social enterprise Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC) and the LA:RISE program when financial difficulties left him unable to keep up with bills and put him at risk of becoming homeless.

Working at LACC has equipped Erick with both marketable and soft skills he needs to succeed in the workforce. From learning to master a variety of workshop tools, to communicating effectively with his coworkers, Erick is job-ready.

EWDD Booth at KJLH 2019 Men’s EmpowerMENt Summit
With support from the Harbor WorkSource Center and EWDD partner Friends Outside, EWDD hosted a booth at the KJLH Men’s EmpowerMENt summit September 7, 2019 highlighting free job training and educational benefits available through the City’s Gang Injunction Curfew Settlement.

In the weeks leading up to the event, EWDD, in partnership with the LA City Attorney’s Office, launched a radio and social media campaign with KJLH to spread the word about the program.

Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) sign announcing the Jobs Plus Initiative
The Watts/Los Angeles WorkSource Center, operated by EWDD partner the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), will administer job training and supportive services to 250 Nickerson Gardens residents through a $3.7 million Jobs Plus Initiative Grant.

Awarded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the grant is geared toward training public housing residents for employment. Through the grant, Nickerson Gardens residents will receive training and placement for careers in healthcare and construction.

William Mercado, owner of the mobile organic juice company, The Juice Market
The Central/West Region BusinessSource Center assisted William Mercado in securing a $23,000 Small Business Administration microloan that allowed him to launch his mobile organic juice company, The Juice Market.

With more than 10 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, William noticed a rising trend for healthy eating and knew he wanted to be in a business that promotes healthy living.