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Helping Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Survivors

On Wednesday May 6, 2020, the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) approved $810,000 in grants to the City’s 16 WorkSource Centers, with a Council District 9 motion to accept the funds (CF 20-0536) pending in Council. This funding will assist 1,000 survivors of domestic violence or human trafficking whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19.

Provided by the California Employment Development Department, participants will receive up to $800 that can be used toward supportive services, including equipment necessary to telework (such as a computer or internet service), housing assistance, utility assistance, childcare assistance and transportation assistance.

All existing WorkSource Centers will receive a base allocation of $24,000 to serve a minimum of 30 participants. In addition to the grant funding, all participants will be enrolled in EWDD’s WorkSource Center system and be screened for eligibility for other workforce programs, leading them toward a pathway for career and employment opportunities.

If you or someone you know is at risk for domestic violence, the City of Los Angeles is here to help. Please visit the City of LA's CoronaVirus Information and Resources website or Los Angeles Police Department Online for more information on available city resources for domestic abuse victims. You can also download the list of victim advocates in the City of Los Angeles (PDF) or telephone 213-974-7499 for immediate assistance. You are not alone.

This story originally appeared in the City of LA Economic and Workforce Development Department's (EWDD) Updates Report for the week of May 4, 2020. The Updates are weekly reports from the EWDD General Manager to the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, produced by EWDD’s Communications Division.