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by Jan Perry, General Manager
City of Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department

As the holidays approach, the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) wants to share information about the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise, also known as LA:RISE, an innovative five-year program designed to serve people hardest to place in jobs, including the homeless, those with histories of past incarcerations and disconnected youth.

The LA:RISE Program, launched in 2015, integrates employment, social enterprise and specialized homeless service providers within the City’s Workforce System. Participants are placed in entry level jobs with potential for growth, such as food service, janitorial, street maintenance and office work. Participants also receive personal support services to stabilize their lives to help them maintain employment, such as financial literacy training and healthcare, along with career training services.

Initially funded through a US Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund Grant, thanks to its early successes, the LA:RISE model is now a $15 million initiative funded locally by the City of Los Angeles General Fund and Los Angeles County Measure H. Successes to date include: nearly 800 individuals in transitional employment and more than 200 individuals in competitive employment. Ten additional social enterprises have recently joined LA:RISE, expanding the program’s reach to Venice, South Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.
EWDD General Manager, Jan Perry
Jan Perry, EWDD General Manager

LA:RISE is administered by the City of Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department, in partnership with the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), a venture philanthropy that supports employment social enterprise and the County of Los Angeles Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) Department. For more information about LA:RISE, contact Donny Brooks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 213-744-7300.

EWDD provides a broad range of programs designed to grow and improve Los Angeles’ economy while building a well trained and job-ready workforce. EWDD oversees 16 citywide youth development centers that offer educational and career readiness services for disconnected youth ages 16 to 24 who are neither in school nor working, 17 WorkSource Centers that offer a wide range of quality employment related assistance to job seekers and employers, and nine BusinessSource Centers that provide services including access to capital, business plan development, tax incentives/credits, business courses and training, employee hiring and workforce development to business owners or startups. For more information:

This article, written by EWDD General Manager Jan Perry, was originally printed in Pace News Volume 29, page 4, on November 17, 2017