L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

Destiny Pineda at her full-time job as a Housing Support Specialist with HACLA
The Watts WorkSource Center, overseen by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), helped Destiny Pineda obtain an internship that led to a full-time job as a Housing Support Specialist.

Destiny completed 1,000 hours as an administrative intern in HACLA’s Workforce Development Unit. She assisted staff with data entry and outreach for HACLA’s Youth Employment Program. As a Watts WorkSource Center (WSC) participant, case management staff provided Destiny with supportive services such as assisting her with transportation challenges during her internship.

During her internship, the Watts WSC Job Development Team encouraged Destiny and helped her apply for open positions with HACLA. As Destiny’s internship came to an end, she received a job offer as a Housing Support Specialist at HACLA.

Destiny gained several transferable skills during her internship, including case management and data entry, that she is currently applying in her new role. Destiny’s position as a Housing Support Specialist includes linking clients to resources that will result in housing stability, providing housing location assistance by finding potential rental units, facilitating meetings with landlords in an effort to increase housing stock, and assisting individuals with securing a rental unit.

Learn about the various programs and benefits offered through EWDD Employment Services and WorkSource Centers.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of August 15, 2022. Read this issue and more.

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