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Little Tokyo Service Center CDC

231 E. Third St
Suite G-106
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Contact: Bill Watanabe, Executive Director
Phone: 213-473-1685
Fax: 213-473-3031
Little Tokyo Service Center CDC

The mission of Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), a Community Development Corporation, is to provide a comprehensive array of social welfare and community development services to assist low-income and other persons in need, contribute to community revitalization and cultural preservation in Little Tokyo and the broader Japanese American community in the Southland, and provide such resources to neighboring Asian Pacific Islander (API) and other low income communities.


In the community economic development field, LTSC focuses on economic and cultural revitalization as well as historic preservation. LTSC has developed: 425 units of affordable housing; technical assistance and training for low-income ethnic minority entrepreneurs; Downtown LA's only community technology center offering classes and access to the internet and computers; award-winning historic preservation projects; community organizing for low-income residents; child development programs for low income children; after school and weekend mentoring programs for low income youth; and a Family Literacy program.

LTSC also provides culturally and linguistically appropriate social services to Little Tokyo residents along with the broader Japanese American and other API populations in the area. These include an array of senior support programs, a domestic violence program with a transitional shelter, child abuse prevention programs, health education programs, and programs for homeless assistance.

In community collaborations, peer organizations selected LTSC as the lead agency for the Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program, a comprehensive business assistance program involving 5 API nonprofit groups. LTSC also sponsors Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches, a bone marrow donor outreach program, and the Asian Pacific Islander Older Adults Task Force, a coalition of 50 agencies addressing quality of life issues for older API's.

Client Population

Our client population is highly varied based on program area. Our housing projects serve a broad range of ethnic groups including Latinos, African Americans and Asian Pacific Islanders, as do our tenant-based services such as youth programs and childcare. They also include seniors as well as large families, and special needs populations such as homeless, survivors of domestic violence, those who are developmentally disabled, physically disabled, and chronically mentally ill. In our social services provided outside of Little Tokyo and our housing developments, many of our clients are Japanese Americans seeking cultural and linguistically appropriate services including seniors and families.


LTSC has had a major impact on the revitalization of the Little Tokyo community, through thousands of clients served; social service programs; hundreds of residents organized and empowered; hundreds of affordable units developed as well as community facilities such as an arts space, a theater, service space, a childcare center and commercial storefronts; many small businesses assisted, and economic development projects implemented. Outside of Little Tokyo, LTSC has engaged in major collaborations with more than 20 other community based organizations to build housing, assist small businesses, and design and implement comprehensive service programs.


Little Tokyo Service Center CDC
    In 1999, the Asian Pacific Family Center (APFC), a longtime social service provider focusing on mental health services for limited English speaking Asian immigrants, based in the San Gabriel Valley, approached LTSC with a pressing concern. Namely, their concern was that most of APFC’s adult mentally disabled consumer population was at a growing risk of homelessness. After a series of focus group meetings and a survey, LTSC as the developer and APFC as the service provider decided to create a pilot project—the Pacific Housing Development—to address this problem.
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