LOS ANGELES – The Larry Itliong Village owned and operated by the Pilipino Workers Center got a special visitor this week. Santa Claus paid a visit to the residents giving out presents.
It’s a special moment for the children. Some of the residents in the Larry Itliong Village are underprivileged youth who were able to find housing in the building named after the Filipino labor hero.
“These kids are low income immigrants and most are from the homeless shelters,” said PWC Associate Director Lolit Andrada Lledo. “They are former homeless kids, they got an apartment here.”
Many of the presents came from the area – from entertainments, community leaders, as well as their local officials.
“There are 56 kids here in the building,” said Lledo. “The Apl de Ap Foundation donated a lot of money to buy them gifts. And James Castillo and his group brought gifts and also Councilman O’Farrell.”
The Pilipino Workers Center opened the Larry Itliong Village last year. Two thirds of the 66 units are reserved for affordable housing while the building serves as space for immigrant and labor rights activists to organize. It was also able to spread some holiday cheer to those who need it most.