In 2012, Koreatown resident Rudolfo Martinez came to KYCC seeking immediate assistance for rent and food. He had just suffered a heart attack; his wife Ana was gravely ill with pancreatic cancer; and he was taking care of his two grandchildren who had been abandoned by their mother.

KYCC’s Community Economic Development unit connected him to an emergency relief program that assists families living in Koreatown with urgent needs. The Martinez family was granted three months of rent, utility and food assistance to get them through their troubling times.

Then, KYCC’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helped him file three years of tax returns, claiming over $15,000 in refunds and credits. He was also able to access medical coverage and legal assistance through our wide referral network.

“KYCC not only got us back on our feet financially during our health crisis, but they also helped us in adopting our two grandchildren. KYCC’s financial services and community network gave us tremendous relief and made our family stronger. I am now working and growing my auto parts business.”

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