As the circumstances around coronavirus and COVID-19 continue to unfold, we’re moving quickly to make the necessary changes to Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC). We won’t change our commitment to the health and well-being of the community we serve, as well as our staff and volunteers.
As we collectively face the uncharted territory of this worldwide public health crisis, here are some of the latest updates on how LTSC is helping others and how you can help in these challenging times.
How to Help LTSC
One of the many services LTSC provides is a food pantry to support the dietary preferences of our clients. Generally, mainstream food pantries do not offer foods familiar to many LTSC clients, especially the senior Asian population. Not only do we provide food to seniors but also low-income families in our buildings, which including many Latinx, Japanese, Korean and Asian Pacific Islanders. LTSC’s food pantry fills this need in our community by stocking personal hygiene products and non-perishable, easy to prepare food items, such as rice, dried noodles, beans, seaweed, soy sauce, sesame oil, teas, snacks and other ethnic or non-ethnic foods.
We are looking for volunteers to help deliver food and supplies to seniors in our community. If you are over the age of 18 yet under 65 and not exhibiting any symptoms of illness:
We appreciate any monetary donations to our food pantry during this trying time so we can continue providing resources to those in need.
How LTSC is Currently Helping those in Need
LTSC assists people in Little Tokyo and the broader Southern California community. The social services department will continue to provide services to people in need. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are making the following changes:
Please call (213) 473-3035 to contact Social Services directly.
- To ensure the safety of our staff and clients, we are no longer accepting walk-in appointments.
- We will provide services by phone, with follow-up by email and mail as necessary.
- Support groups, workshops and community presentations have been canceled.
- Far East Lounge is temporarily closed and classes are canceled until April 3.
Information for our Residents
LTSC provides affordable housing and resident services for families and individuals. LTSC Resident Services staff will continue to support the residents in our buildings and people in need in the surrounding areas. We are making the following adjustments in our services:
- All youth programming will be temporarily suspended until further notice.
- Previously scheduled workshops and events will be postponed to a later date. Tax preparation services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will be conducted by appointment only while virtual drop off is available.
- Assistance to complete the Census 2020 survey will be provided by appointment only.
- Walk-in appointments are currently not being accepted and in-person appointments will be made only if necessary.
- Families and individuals in need of assistance are encouraged to contact Resident Services staff via phone or email:
- Nancy Alcaraz (213) 473-1626, email@example.com
- Gilda Hernandez (213) 473-3024, firstname.lastname@example.org
LTSC’s Angelina Preschool and Family Child Care Providers are still open and enrolling. Our child development programs are operating under current CDC guidelines with limited group size, increased sanitation protocols, and more.
For more information on how to enroll, visit our website or contact:
- Nicole Lopez (213) 473-1699, NLopez@LTSC.org
Angelina Preschool is now a “grab-and-go” meal site! Families of Angelina Preschool students can stop by the preschool every weekday to pick up breakfast, a bagged lunch and a snack for their student. The parent/guardian/family member picking up the food for the student must be an emergency pickup contact on file for the child.
For more information on “grab-and-go” meals, contact:
- Adriana Perez at (213) 481-0227
Small Business COVID-19 Resource Guide
There is a lot of information out there regarding what small businesses can do in the midst of COVID-19. Our Small Business Assistance program has done its best to organize the available info into one document.
Also, there is much that you can do to lend a hand to small businesses who are struggling during this unprecedented time.
- Follow your favorite Little Tokyo businesses on social media and order food from those who have delivery and online sales capacity.
- Encourage friends and family to purchase early holiday and birthday gifts in the form of gift cards from your favorite Little Tokyo establishments.
- Write a blog post on your website or social media about your love for small businesses.
- Leave reviews for your favorite small businesses.
Ways to Advocate for Those In Need
We ask our community to CALL their Los Angeles City Council member TODAY and ask that they adopt the Healthy LA platform. Everyone’s well-being and our shared public health depend on everyone having housing, access to healthcare along with job and food security.
- Councilmember Gil Cedillo, CD 1 – (213) 473-7001; email@example.com
- Councilmember Paul Krekorian, CD 2 – (213) 473.7002; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, CD 3 – (213) 473-7003; email@example.com
- Councilmember David Ryu, CD 4 – (213) 473-7004; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Councilmember Paul Koretz, CD 5 – (213) 473-7004; email@example.com
- Councilmember Nury Martinez, CD 6 – (213) 473-7006; councilmember.Martinez@lacity.org
- Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, CD 7 – (213) 473-7007; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, CD 8 – (213) 473-7008; email@example.com
- Councilmember Curren Price, CD 9 – (213) 473-7009; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Councilmember Herb Wesson, CD 10 -(213) 473-7010; email@example.com
- Councilmember Mike Bonin, CD 11 – (213) 473-7011; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Councilmember John Lee, CD 12 – (213) 473-7012; email@example.com
- Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, CD 13 – (213) 473-7013; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Councilmember Jose Huizar, CD 14 – (213) 473-7014; email@example.com
- Councilmember Joe Buscaino, CD 15 – (213) 473-7015; firstname.lastname@example.org
Government Information and Resources
In a fluid situation that changes every day, we will strive to keep you informed of any changes in our services or programs. In the meantime please visit these resources for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.