(left to right) Congresswoman Nanette Barragan, HACLA President and CEO Doug Guthrie, EWDD Interim General Manager John L. Reamer, Jr. and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
The Watts/Los Angeles WorkSource Center, operated by EWDD partner the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), will administer job training and supportive services to 250 Nickerson Gardens residents through a $3.7 million Jobs Plus Initiative Grant.

Awarded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the grant is geared toward training public housing residents for employment. Through the grant, Nickerson Gardens residents will receive training and placement for careers in healthcare and construction.

HACLA was the only Jobs Plus grantee in the nation to also operate an America’s Job Center which was an instrumental factor in HACLA’s success in obtaining the grant, said David Eder, Deputy Director of Los Angeles City’s Workforce Development Board (WDB).

Pamela Paige, Workforce Development and Section 3 Manager for the Watts/LA WorkSource Center, credited David and the WDB for collaborating with HACLA toward the successful award of the grant. The WDB advises how the City of LA will meet workforce development needs through job services provided at EWDD’s WorkSource Centers.

“I want to thank EWDD for their support,” she said. “We’re happy to be part of the system.”

Another highlight of the grant is that it will subsidize rent increases for participants for the duration of the grant to help enrollees save money, Pamela said. As part of the grant, HACLA will open a WorkSource Center Computer Lab at Nickerson Gardens specifically for residents. The lab is scheduled to open Thursday September 5, 2019.

EWDD was represented by Interim General Manager John L. Reamer, Jr. and Assistant General Manager Robert Sainz, who attended the press conference on Wednesday September 4, 2019 at the Nickerson Garden Sage Center announcing the award.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of September 2, 2019. Read this issue and more.