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Workshop on Online Security and Identity Theft Prevention to be held in Gardena, November 19, 2016

For Immediate Release
October 7, 2016

リトル東京サービスセンター
231 E Third Street, G-106 Los Angeles, CA 90013
問い合わせ:ジェシカ金井 213-473-3035

オンライン上での情報保護となりすまし詐欺から身を守る方法を学ぶワークショップが、2016年11月19日にガーデナで行われます。

高齢者やケアギバーを対象とした無料の勉強会が11月19日午後2時から3時半まで、ガーデナ平原日本文化会館にて行われます。場所は1964 W 162nd St, Gardena, CA 90247で駐車場は無料です。

このイベントは無料でどなたでも参加できます。二つの講義は英語で行われますが、日本語の同時通訳がつきます。

私達は日々、テクノロジー を通じて楽しみを見つけ、その便利さを利用し、家族や友人と連絡を取り、ニュースや情報を得ています。その中で、安全なサイトと詐欺による悪質なサイトを見分けるのは難しいことです。

リトル東京サービスセンターでは、アメリカンセンチュリー投資会社からマシュー・コバタ氏を迎え、詐欺師のだまし方や、企業ぐるみの詐欺からどう身を守るかなどについてお話いただきます。

そして、市法務官からは、高齢者を狙った身体的および経済的虐待についての情報が提供されるほか、 被害者を守るために弁護士がどのような働きをしているかについてお話してもらいます。

また、午後1時から3時までは、外にシュレッダートラックが参ります。不要になった書類がありましたら無料で処理いたします。 11月19日のワークショップには事前参加申込が必要です。ウェブサイトwww.LTSC.orgあるいは電話213-473-3035にてお申し込みください。

 
Workshop on Online Security and Identity Theft Prevention to be held in Gardena, November 19, 2016

For Immediate Release
October 7, 2016

Media Contact:
Jessica Kanai
Development Associate/ Community Outreach & Education Coordinator
Phone: 213-473-3035

Workshop on Online Security and Identity Theft Prevention to be held in Gardena, November 19, 2016

A free educational workshop for seniors and their caregivers will be held on Saturday, November 19th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute, located at 1964 W 162nd St, Gardena, CA 90247. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is also free. Both programs will be presented in English with simultaneous interpretation in Japanese.

We use technology everyday for entertainment, convenience, staying in touch with families and friends and obtaining news and information. It is often difficult to tell the difference between legitimate websites and malicious sites created by scammers.

Join Little Tokyo Service Center as it welcomes Matthew Kobata from American Century Investments who will help demystify the tactics scammers use and explain how to protect yourself from their fraudulent schemes.

The City Attorney’s office will also provide information about elder abuse including physical and fiscal abuse and how they are helping victims. A free bulk shredding truck to safely dispose of your old documents will be available from 1-3PM.

Pre-registration for admission to the November 19 workshop is required. To register, please visit the website www.LTSC.org and sign up, or call LTSC at 213-473-3035.

 
CAUSE, LTSC, and GVJCI to Host Voter Information Workshop Focusing on the General Election

For Immediate Release
September 9, 2016

Media Contact:
Michelle Yamashiro
GVJCI Program Manager
Phone: 310-324-6611
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CAUSE, LTSC, and GVJCI to Host Voter Information Workshop Focusing on the General Election

Gardena, CA – Changes to healthcare, taxes, and other laws are at stake! To learn more about the California ballot propositions being decided upon during the November 8th general elections, the Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE), Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), and Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI) will be holding a Voter Information workshop at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall (1964 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247) on Saturday September 24th, 2016 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

This voter education session will be geared primarily towards Japanese, Korean, and English-speaking seniors who are seeking easily accessible information about voter registration and voter re-registration, in addition to absentee ballot information, ballot propositions and other information regarding the November 8th General Election.

This voter education session will be geared primarily towards Japanese, Korean, and English-speaking seniors who are seeking easily accessible information about voter registration and voter re-registration, in addition to absentee ballot information, ballot propositions and other information regarding the November 8th General Election.

To RSVP for this event please visit the following link: http://tinyurl.com/SBVoterWorkshop You may also RSVP via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at (213) 617-8596.

“The stakes are at an all-time high for Asian Pacific American communities in the November 2016 elections. CAUSE is proud to work with LTSC and GVJCI to ensure that our senior and limited-English proficient voters have access to the resources they need to make their voices heard this election cycle.” - CAUSE Board Chair Charlie Woo

" GVJCI is excited to work with CAUSE and LTSC in a program targeted toward Asian Pacific American Communities in the South Bay. We are proud to be able to host this workshop in multiple languages to ensure that that our communities have the tools and resources they need this upcoming November election." – GVJCI Program Manager Michelle Yamashiro

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Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through nonpartisan voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development.

For press inquiries, please contact CAUSE via phone at (626) 356-9838 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . General information can be obtained from our website, www.causeusa.org. Our offices are located at 260 S. Los Robles Ave., #115 Pasadena, CA 91101.

The Little Tokyo Service Center, a social service and community economic development agency, has been “helping people and building community” for over 35 years. LTSC provides a wide range of services to the greater Los Angeles community, which include but are not limited to: emergency assistance, counseling & support groups, low-income housing, childcare, information referral, crisis hotlines and much more.

Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community center housing various classes, services and programs for seniors, non-senior adults, and youth in the South Bay for over 4o years. Our mission is to serve the needs of the local Japanese American community through educational, cultural, and social programs that share the Japanese and Japanese American cultural heritage.

For more information visit us at jci-gardena.org, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call us at (310) 324-6611. Our offices are located at 1964 w. 162nd st. Gardena, CA 90247.

 
Grand Opening Ceremony for Long-Awaited Housing Development Durae Senior Apartments to provide affordable housing for Low-Income Seniors in gentrifying Koreatown, Los Angeles

For Immediate Release
Sept 1, 2016

Media Contact: Laura Blosser, Project Manager
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Phone: 213-473-1691

Grand Opening Ceremony for Long-Awaited Housing Development Durae Senior Apartments to provide affordable housing for Low-Income Seniors in gentrifying Koreatown, Los Angeles

Friday, September 9, 2016 – Koreatown, Los Angeles

(Los Angeles, CA) On September 9, 2016 Little Tokyo Service Center and the Korean Resource Center will celebrate the completion of Durae Senior Apartments. Durae Senior Apartments provides 67 units of affordable housing for low-income seniors on two separate sites in the Koreatown/Wilshire neighborhood. 16 of the units are studios, 49 are one-bedroom units, and two one-bedroom manager’s units. The Korean Resource Center will provide culturally specific services for the senior residents, many of whom are monolingual Korean-speaking. The lack of senior specific affordable housing has been one of the main obstacles to dignified lives for low-income seniors particularly as housing prices continue to rise in Los Angeles. The building establishes a new precedent for what can be achieved in gentrifying communities of color in Los Angeles.

“Durae” is a Korean word that roughly describes the ancient agrarian practice of community barn-raising. The spirit of helping one another is apt for Durae Senior Apartments, where it took a village to build this senior affordable housing complex, which was nearly ten years in the making. After surviving the Great Recession, it is now part of the solution to the local housing crisis. Little Tokyo Service Center was able to weather the foreclosure crisis with a two-pronged approach: adding a third development partner and acquiring an additional site, which provided an economy of scale as well as a net increase in the total number of units. Koreatown, historically known for affordable rent-controlled apartments, has been experiencing a wave of gentrification with new luxury apartments under construction in recent years, exacerbating the housing crisis. Durae Senior Apartments received over 3,000 applications in just 17 days. This extreme demand for affordable housing is evidence of the dire importance of increasing housing available, especially for more vulnerable populations like seniors.

All units are affordable for seniors (ages 62 and above) with income ranges from 30% to 50% of the average median income of Los Angeles County. Design of the Durae Crenshaw House building integrates seamlessly with the neighborhood’s mixed zoning by combining a strong façade fronting Crenshaw with a more residential-friendly courtyard at the site’s core. Each apartment building includes secured subterranean parking, a large landscaped central courtyard, on-site laundry facilities and a community room with a kitchen. In addition, a property management office is located on the ground floor. The building has been designed to accommodate seniors at different stages in the aging process with various physical abilities. Individual units have grab bars, are pre-wired for emergency call systems and have no slip surfaces. It is projected that Durae Senior Apartments will exceed California’s Energy Efficiency Standards by over 20%.

In addition to providing high quality housing, the development offers community and social service space to its residents. On-site resident services provided by Korean Resource Center will include social and cultural services for seniors to maintain an active and connected lifestyle and provide any needed referrals to off-site health services. A resident manager will also live on-site to assist residents capable of independent living.

With a total development cost of nearly $26 million, Durae Senior Apartments would not have been possible without numerous funding partners including the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee, California Department of Housing and Community Development: Infill Infrastructure Grant, Housing and Community Investment Department of the City of Los Angeles, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Citi Bank, CRA/LA, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco: Affordable Housing Program, MUFG Union Bank, and the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles. The Housing and Community Investment Department of the City of Los Angeles provided almost $8 million in funding, and Union Bank provided $10 million in tax credit equity investment.

Development Team

Lead Developer: ​Little Tokyo Service Center
Co-Developer: ​Decro Alpha Corporation
Co-Developer & Service Provider: Korean Resource Center
Architect: ​Carde-Ten Architects
General Contractor: ​Walton Construction Services, Inc.

Little Tokyo Service Center, a social service and community economic development agency, has been making positive change for people and places for over 35 years. LTSC provides bilingual social services, preserves the historic Little Tokyo neighborhood, provides a safety net of services for families and is a leader in community development. For more information, please contact Takao Suzuki at (213) 473-1606 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Korean Resource Center was founded in 1983 to empower low-income immigrants, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and people of color communities in Southern California. Using a holistic approach, KRC strives to empower our community by integrating services, education, culture, organizing, and coalition building, all of which seek to improve the life of the individual and the community.


 
Financial Planning Workshops to be Held in Little Tokyo, September 10

For Immediate Release
August 29, 2016

Media Contact: Jessica Kanai, 213-473-3035

Financial Planning Workshops to be Held in Little Tokyo, September 10

A free Individual Consultation session for seniors, their families and caregivers will be held on Saturday, September 10th from 10 am -12:30 pm at Little Tokyo Service Center, 231 E. 3rd St., Suite G-106 Los Angeles, CA, 90013. The workshop series is presented by Little Tokyo Service Center and will assist seniors and their adult children with planning their post retirement lives. The event is free by appointment and open to all residents throughout Los Angeles County. Japanese interpretations will be provided if needed.

LTSC is working with the Foundation for Financial Planning to offer the free one-on-one sessions with professionals from the Financial Planning Association. The individual sessions will cover a wide range of personal finance topics such as budgeting, credit and debt, retirement, taxes, estate planning, small business and more. There is a limited number of 30-minute sessions so please call in advance to reserve an appointment time.

Little Tokyo Service Center is located at 231 E. 3rd St. Suite G-106, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Parking is available in various Little Tokyo parking lots as well as in the surrounding neighborhood.

Pre-registration is required for admission to the seminar. To register, please call LTSC at 213-473-3035.

Little Tokyo Service Center, a social service and community economic development agency, has been making positive change for people and places for over 35 years. LTSC provides bilingual social services, preserves the historic Little Tokyo neighborhood, provides a safety net of services for families and is a leader in community development.