Graciela Renderos, an East Hollywood area sidewalk vendor
Graciela Renderos, a longtime sidewalk vendor from the East Hollywood area, was awarded a $5,000 grant through the City of Los Angeles Comeback Checks Program in December 2021.

Graciela began her journey with the Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) in 2020. She sought to obtain her sidewalk vending permit and spoke to a business consultant to learn more about the permitting process. The business consultant also rendered technical assistance services, such as

Alberto Paxtor (left) a South Los Angeles area sidewalk vendor
Alberto Paxtor is a sidewalk vendor in the South Los Angeles area who sells clothing, used items, and facemasks. Alberto suffered heavy financial losses to his business and livelihood due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this difficult time, the Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center (BSC) built a relationship with Alberto to support his business and provide access to capital. In 2020, staff assisted Alberto in successfully applying for the

Dustin Kramer, LA:RISE participant
Dustin Kramer, 23, is part of the LGBTQIA community and has been navigating life alone since being impacted by the justice system. He does not have a close relationship with his family and after his charges, his family withdrew their support completely. He is currently on parole supervision.

LA:RISE partner Center for Employment Opportunity (CEO) helped

Trudy Magee, LA:RISE participant
At age 70, Trudy Magee lived in a homeless shelter and struggled to recover from a spinal surgery that she said slowed down her ability to think, talk, and walk. She had a career in local government and in 2012, ran for California State Assembly, where she garnered 2,487 votes.

"My struggle with homelessness took its toll on me. After

EWDD Finalist in EDA $! Billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge
EWDD was part of a coalition led by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) that was recently selected as one of 60 finalists for the U.S. Economic Development Administration's (EDA) $1 Billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge Grant. The grant is intended to accelerate the nation's economic recovery from COVID-19 by building local economies that will be resilient to future economic shocks.

Phase 1 of the Build Back Better challenge invited coalitions to

Tyler gained temporary employment and on-the-job training in wildfire prevention through the California Employment Development Department (EDD) National Dislocated Workers Grant (NDWG)
Tyler arrived early for his first day at orientation, determined and excited that he would soon be able to start his temporary job. He said that he had been going through a rough time recently and was hoping this temporary outdoor employment opportunity would be beneficial and help him make a positive change in his life.

Tyler had always been a dedicated and hard worker in his previous