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Mayor launches program to target homelessness

Offers services, employment development help

OW Staff Writer | 9/24/2015, 11:22 a.m.
Mayor Eric Garcetti Tuesday announced what he said are the first steps of a comprehensive strategy to address the homelessness ...

Funded by a $6 million investment by the U.S. Department of Labor, the five-year initiative will be led by the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board and the City of L.A.’s Economic and Workforce Development Department, with support from the employment social enterprise organization REDF. Social enterprises are mission-driven businesses that earn and reinvest their revenue to provide people who are the hardest to employ with jobs so that they participate in the economy and their communities.

The initiative will feature transitional and bridge jobs, as well as training and support services for individuals in need. LA:RISE is a unique model, designed to better align and integrate existing services and foster cross-sector collaboration between social enterprises, and government, private and nonprofit sectors.

“REDF is proud to partner with the city of Los Angeles and commends their commitment to growing the social enterprise space, a proven approach to supporting those facing the greatest barriers to work,” said Carla Javits, REDF president and CEO. “These investments reinforce an American ideal that is central to our collective identity and a sense of dignity, hope and belonging –that every person should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination and initiative.”