LEDC Receives $700,000 Federal Award to Support Food Businesses That Create Job Opportunities for Low-income DC Residents

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Immediate Release: October 10, 2018

LEDC Receives $700,000 Federal Award to Support Food Businesses That Create Job Opportunities for Low-income DC Residents

WASHINGTON, DC - The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) is the recipient of a $700,000 award to finance food businesses committed to creating job opportunities for low-income residents in the District of Columbia. The award is a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS), Community and Economic Development (CED) program and comes at a critical time. The District's unemployment rate is the second highest in the country and job growth continues to slow.
 
"LEDC is thrilled to receive this grant again from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services," stated LEDC Executive Director Marla Bilonick. "Through our last CED grant, we financed four restaurants in the District which created 20 new full-time and 27 part-time jobs. One restaurant expects to create an additional 15 full and part-time jobs. These are the kind of results we are proud to bring to the communities we serve and intend to surpass with this year's grant."
 
The grant is a 75 percent increase from the grant LEDC received from HHS in 2016. LEDC projects to create 80 new permanent full-time jobs and will partner with workforce development and food industry training partners to ensure that at least 75 percent will be filled by Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, custodial parents, or other low-income DC residents. LEDC is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and SBA lender with over 27 years of experience serving small businesses in the Greater DC region.\
                                                                                                                                          

About The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC)

Working families deserve to live in affordable homes and own successful small businesses, but too many are unable to turn those dreams into a reality. The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) equips Latinos and other underserved communities in the DC and Baltimore Metro areas with the skills and financial tools to create a better future for their families and communities. Participants in our programs learn how to buy and stay in their homes, join with their neighbors to keep their rental housing affordable, and start or expand small businesses. 

About Community Economic Development (CED) 
 
The Community Economic Development (CED) program is a Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Services (OCS) initiative designed to address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of sustainable business development and employment opportunities.
 
Learn more about CED

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