EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull recently appeared on LA Currents, a news magazine show on the City’s cable station LA Cityview 35. During her interview, Ms. Hull provided an overview of the critical services EWDD’s WorkSource, YouthSource and BusinessSource Centers continue to provide Angelenos during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I was stunned at how many different arenas that you are able to help, from small businesses to large businesses, to people with employment questions, to even opportunities for workforce training. It is really impressive,” said LA Currents host Maria Hall-Brown.

The segment began with Hall-Brown asking Ms. Hull about EWDD’s Rapid Response Program, which has provided guidance to thousands of Angelenos who have lost their jobs or had hours reduced during the pandemic on how to file for unemployment insurance and other services.

“This is a difficult time in their lives and it’s really important that we’re there to show them how to get through it and give them the support that they need,” Ms. Hull said about the Rapid Response trainings.

In addition to services for job seekers, Hall-Brown asked about how EWDD’s BusinessSource Centers have stepped up to administer various COVID-19 financial relief programs, including the City’s Small Business Emergency Microloans, the LA Regional COVID-19 Fund and the City of LA Child Care Provider Grant.

“We have shifted our energy to make sure that we can expeditiously get money out the door because people are suffering now,” Ms. Hull said of the relief programs, which during the pandemic have provided funding to businesses, non-profits, micro-entrepreneurs and licensed child care providers. “We’ve worked quite tirelessly to get a significant amount of money onto the streets.”

The interview concluded with looking ahead to a post-pandemic economic recovery, which may include a shift away from large office buildings being occupied by office workers and instead being filled with employees from various manufacturing industries, including biotech.

“The important thing for us is to look at those growth industries, not just from a real estate perspective but from a workforce perspective, because we want to marry that demand for physical space with the middle skills occupations so that we can provide those businesses with the workforce they need, that is trained with the skills of the 21st century,” Ms. Hull said.

The full length interview is available on LA Cityview 35's YouTube channel.

If you have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, EWDD wants to help. Many residents of the City of Los Angeles have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Many are faced with job loss or are struggling to keep their businesses operational. Even as all Californians are asked to limit outside activities beyond what is absolutely necessary, the City of LA and EWDD are diligently working to provide crucial services and programs. Please visit our COVID-19 Resources page to learn more. We're here to help.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of December 7, 2020. Read this issue and more.