Little Tokyo Service Center CDC

Funding Received: 2015
Los Angeles, CA

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.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Aug 24, 2017
MUFG Union Bank, N.A ., today announced it has awarded $3.345 million in multi-year funding to 57 nonprofit organizations that focus on expanding access to... Read More
Aug 14, 2017
T he Terasaki Budokan isn’t the largest project in Downtown Los Angeles. In fact, if you run down the more than 100 developments either under... Read More
Jul 14, 2017
On August 3, elected officials and community members will congregate on a parking lot in Little Tokyo to officially break ground on the Terasaki Budokan . Read More
Mar 9, 2017
Stadiums, art museums, high-end restaurants, luxurious condos – the telltale signs of gentrification. Read More
Jan 10, 2017
In the wake of rapid gentrification, an organization in Los Angeles leverages the arts to celebrate a community’s rich heritage and keep social equity as... Read More
Oct 24, 2016
Takachizu on Los Angeles Street seeks to record community memories and mementos. Read More
Oct 4, 2016
Two controversial and little-seen documentaries that foreground the struggles and consequences of Little Tokyo redevelopment in the 1970s and 1980s will be screened as part... Read More
ArtPlace America’s Community Development Investments (CDI) program provides funding and technical assistance to community development organizations who haven’t previously had a significant history of working... Read More
Greetings from Little Tokyo LA, I’m Dominique Miller the Planning Administrator at Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC). I was hired about a month ago as... Read More
Announcement/Community Forum Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) officially kicked off its ArtPlace Community Development Investments (CDI) Program grant at a community reception on October 19,... Read More
Jan 26, 2016
Diversity in Los Angeles is a core value. The city has residents from more than 140 countries who speak 86 languages. It's full of diverse... Read More
Sep 9, 2015
On Aug. 31, President Obama announced that Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) is one of six organizations selected to participate in the ArtPlace America Community... Read More