Thai Community Development Center (Thai CDC), a non-profit community development organization, was founded in 1994 on the idea that all peoples have a basic right to a decent standard of living and quality of life. Since its establishment, Thai CDC has addressed the multifaceted needs of Thai and other disadvantaged immigrants faced with substandard housing conditions and lack of access to basic health services, education and quality employment opportunities.

The mission of Thai CDC is “to advance the social and economic well-being of low and moderate income individuals in the greater Los Angeles area through a broad and comprehensive community development strategy including human rights advocacy, affordable housing, access to healthcare, promotion of small businesses, neighborhood empowerment, and social enterprises.” Thai CDC facilitated the designation of the world’s only Thai Town located in Hollywood, CA and founded the Thai New Year’s Day Songkran Festival which draws over 100,000 people annually. Thai CDC aims to create a thriving community by creating businesses and jobs, developing decent and affordable housing, and revitalizing public space. Thai CDC serves economically disadvantaged populations including immigrants, low-wage workers, and victims of human trafficking. In fact, the famed El Monte Slavery Case, the first case of modern day slavery in the United States, was vigorously fought by Thai CDC and our human rights allies until justice was achieved for the victims.

Thai CDC is committed to equitable development around transit as evidenced by the East Hollywood Certified Farmers’ Market we hold every week at the Hollywood/Western Metro Red Line stop and our Thai Town Marketplace, a $1.6 M business incubator social enterprise project currently under development at the same stop.

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