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Founded in 1979, Loisaida Inc. seeks to address the economic and social disenfranchisement of poor and low-income Latinx residents through employment and training opportunities, comprehensive youth development initiatives, as well as neighborhood revitalization activities that positively highlight the rich culture, heritage, and contribution of the Puerto Rican and Latin American community in New York City.

The Loisaida Center is the only Puerto Rican/Latinx based multi-use downtown facility aspiring to build connections between community, learners, artists and scholars through affordable education opportunities in academic and cultural fields.

Its multi-purpose space is an incubator for self-sustainable artisanal, technology, and culinary arts entrepreneurial initiatives. The vision is to facilitate a mindset of exploration devoted to collaborative cultural and art practices, social engagement, and community building.

Loisaida, Inc. began as a grassroots movement in the Lower East Side led by Puerto Rican activists and Hispanic residents in the mid 1970’s. In 1978 Loisaida, Inc. was formally incorporated in New York State as a local development corporation, with the mission to address the serious economic and social disenfranchisement of poor and low income Latino residents. In order to strengthen its capacity to secure its longterm sustainability, Loisaida Inc. became an affiliate of Acacia Network –a premier health, housing and economic development organization– in 2012.

For more information, visit:

Loisaida Inc.
710 East 9th Street New York, NY 10009