LTSC’s Real Estate Development Program has two main areas of activity: 1) Little Tokyo Real Estate Development Projects and 2) the API Housing Collaborative.
Since 1993, LTSC has built affordable housing, community facilities and commercial space in Little Tokyo, a small neighborhood in Downtown Los Angeles located between Skid Row, the Arts District and the Civic Center. Little Tokyo is our primary service area – both in terms of economic/community revitalization activities and the provision of social services. We have developed multiple projects in Little Tokyo including the recently completed Far East Building, a rehabilitation of a red-tagged historic building into 16 units of affordable housing and two commercial storefronts.
API Housing Collaborative
The Asian Pacific Islander Housing Collaborative, a component of our Real Estate Development Program, provides real estate development technical assistance through a consortium of over 50 Asian Pacific Islander community-based organizations. Through the Collaborative, we provide technical assistance to – and in some cases, partner with – social service organizations who have identified a great need to build affordable housing and community facilities for their low-income communities, but lack the real estate expertise to do so. We have provided assistance to over 30 community-based organizations, which has led to the completion of a dozen projects, totaling approximately 350 units of affordable housing and 100,000 square feet of community space. The affordable housing we have developed through the API Housing Collaborative includes a broad range of housing types, including large multifamily housing projects, housing for seniors, a group home for developmentally disabled adults, transitional shelters for domestic violence survivors, and supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals.