The South Los Angeles Community Jobs Coalition, is a diverse group of 21 non-profit organizations, WorkSource centers, and the LA Trade Technical College that envisions a society where all individuals that want to work have access to a good job. SAJE first convened the coalition in 2007 to provide a coordinated and community-based approach to place local workers into newly created jobs at the LA Live Development. Since then, it has placed over 3,500 people into living wage jobs.
The Jobs Coalition focuses on increasing employment opportunities for South Los Angeles residents and individuals that face multiple barriers to employment such as those with a criminal record, or those that are homeless, disabled, chronically unemployed or underemployed, and/or that live in poverty.
It accomplishes this by:
- advocating for developers to adopt local and targeted hiring policies
- preparing, training, and placing job applicants
- building a network of job developers and specialists who share opportunities and best practices
The Jobs Coalition has served as the first source referral system for local and targeted hiring by working with a broad base of large and small employers including AEG, Regal Cinemas, LA Live Security, Marriott-Ritz Carlton, and Geoffrey Palmer.