This is one of six organizations participating in the Community Development Investments (CDI) program. For more information about the program itself, click here.
Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation (LTSC) seeks positive change for people and places. As a social service and comprehensive place-based community development organization located in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of downtown LA and serving greater Los Angeles, LTSC is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families through culturally sensitive social services, strengthening neighborhoods through housing and community development, and sustaining Little Tokyo's rich heritage as an ethnic community with a common identity.
LTSC hosted a community forum to kick-off the CDI program back in October. Click here to view the program from the event and you can watch the video below.
LTSC was first established in 1979 to provide linguistically appropriate and culturally sensitive social services for the Little Tokyo neighborhood and the Japanese American community. Responding to the changes and challenges facing Little Tokyo over the years, LTSC has grown in size, scope, and breadth, including the establishment of the community development arm of the organization. Today, our major areas of work include real estate development, social services, children & family services, tenant services, and community organizing & planning. To date, LTSC has developed over 800 units of affordable housing and 125,000 square feet of community commercial space in 27 properties and with 15 community partners. Every year, LTSC serves 10,000 clients - including Japanese-Americans and other Asian and Pacific Islanders in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, as well as residents of all ethnic backgrounds in Little Tokyo and surrounding areas of Central and Downtown LA. Our clients are 10% African-American, 30% Latino, and 60% Asian-American, and 95% of our clients have low to moderate-incomes.
We focus our work:
In Little Tokyo where we strive for a vibrant and healthy multi-ethnic community that preserves and celebrates its Japanese American heritage and culture.
In the broader Nikkei Community where we serve as a key Japanese-speaking social services provider, especially for seniors, and where we help to connect Nikkei youth to community.
In Asian American and Pacific Islander and Low-Income Communities in the greater LA region where we collaborate with community-based organizations to address the needs of individuals and families with low-incomes.
Little Tokyo, at 131-years old, is the second oldest neighborhood in Los Angeles. Located in downtown LA, this 150-acre neighborhood is one of only three remaining historic Japantowns in the country and has received National Historic Landmark status. Despite forced relocation during World War II and several subsequent waves of displacement, Little Tokyo remains an active commercial, social, cultural and religious touchstone not just for Japanese-Americans but for Southern California.
Today, our neighborhood sits in the shadow of an expanding Civic Center and a surge in downtown market-rate housing development. We are also home to a new under-construction light rail station for the Regional Connector, expected to be the second busiest station in Metro's light rail network. An impact of this surge in development and hyper-investment is the heightened threat of displacement of the neighborhood's low-income residents and small businesses, as well as of the historical and cultural character that makes Little Tokyo such a special place.