Our goal is to help to develop the skills of local job seekers and provide opportunities for residents to work closer to home and spend less time commuting to and from their jobs.
As a member of the Crenshaw community, the team is committed to helping its neighbors. Hiring local residents through a targeted recruitment program is a win-win for a catalytic project like the Crenshaw Crossing, and the overall community. That’s why Watt and WACDC have partnered with the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center operated by CRCD to prepare our community for the future jobs associated with the project.
Consistent with Los Angeles County policies, the team is committed to ensuring that at least 30% of the construction jobs go to local residents, as well as 10% of the construction jobs going to workers facing barriers to employment.
Ensuring that the Crenshaw Crossing continues to be embraced by local residents after construction is complete, the team is working to identify commercial tenants that are also committed to local hire.
On June 5, 2019, Watt, in partnership with West Angeles CDC and the Coalition for Responsible Development (CRCD), hosted a local hire listening session to learn from the community’s collective experiences with local hire programs: what works, what doesn’t work, and how we can best work together to ensure that best practices are implemented. More than 30 people attended, including representatives from local neighborhood councils, block clubs and other civic groups. The project team received insight from participants about the types of jobs that would interest local community members, how individuals can best prepare early for these future jobs and what type of training is necessary, and proven effective recruitment methods. We look forward to continuing the community dialogue about our local hire program throughout the entitlement process.