Lao Family Community Development CEO, Kathy Chao Rothberg, to speak at Meet the Innovators on reuse of motels and vacant sites to achieve homeless self-sufficiency
Oakland, Ca. — CEO Kathy Chao Rothberg of Lao Family Community Development (LFCD) has been chosen to share the spotlight with three other community leaders in an event entitled, Meet the Innovators, Richmond. The other three honorees are: Kimberly Aceves-Iñiguez, Co-founder and Executive Director, RYSE Center; Wesley Alexander, CEO, CoBiz Richmond; and Fred Lucero, Program Manager, RichmondBUILD. The discussion will be moderated by Ken Maxey, Director of Government Affairs, Comcast/NBCUniversal. The event is being organized by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance. It will take place at the headquarters of CoBiz Richmond, Inc. (a 501c3), on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, from 5-7 p.m.
Chao Rothberg’s presentation will focus on LFCD’s innovative and comprehensive approach to supporting the homeless and other vulnerable populations including justice-involved individuals; victims of domestic violence; elder abused survivors; secure safe interim and permanent housing for refugees; among other populations in need.
The services provided through LFCD to those in need include securing gainful employment, education, and public benefits through a proven model comprised of a host of “green practices”, which has earned LFCD numerous awards in recent years. These green practices include, for example, repurposing such motels as a vacant 285 room Motel 6 in Oakland and 107 room Vagabond Executive Inn in Downtown Sacramento into a co-located facility that provides housing, growth sector vocational training, earning a High School diploma for adults, job placement (including a earn and learn to career placement component), health-related services, among many other services for individuals who are facing a wide range of challenges.
LFCD was formed as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 1980. Today the organization serves individuals from 40 nationalities, delivers specialized services to unique populations in 35 languages, and impacts the lives of over 31,000 diverse local residents annually in three northern California counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, and Sacramento). Its mission is to advance the wellbeing of diverse communities through culturally-informed employment, housing, and education has served over 400,000 Californians. LFCD concentrates on five core service areas: 1) adult education and vocational training, 2) youth education, leadership, and career exploration, 3) financial coaching/asset development, 4) work supports and health access, and 5) affordable housing, home ownership and economic development activities.
For more information, contact: Kathy Chao Rothberg, CEO | KRothberg@lfcd.org | (510) 334-4826