PACE Lifts Energy Burden in Los Angeles County

November/December 2008
A version of this article appears in the November/December 2008 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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November 06, 2008
Founded in 1976 to address the employment and job training needs of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities of Los Angeles, the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE) has broadened both the services it offers and its target population to include all ethnic and immigrant populations within one of the nation’s leading melting pots. Los Angeles County is home to the largest percentage of both Hispanics and APIs in the United States. According to the 2006 Census, Hispanics make up 46.8% of the county’s population of 9,948,081, while APIs make up 13.4%. PACE now offers six major programs that serve more than 33,000 low-income individuals and families in the county of Los Angeles each year.  Founded in 1980, one of the first of these programs was our Environmental Services program. Today PACE’s program offerings include, in addition to our Environmental Services program, Early Childhood Education, Business Development, Asset Building, Affordable Housing, and Job Training and Placement.   PACE staff are proficient in more than 26 languages and cultures. This knowledge of both language and culture is key to effective implementation of all programs, including the Environmental Services program. Staff fluency in English, Spanish, Korean, three dialects of Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Amharic, ...

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