Mayor Garcetti Launches Citizenshipworks — Expanding Los Angeles Public Libraries’ ‘Citizenship Corners’

L.A.'s Mayor Garcetti at Children's Citizenship Ceremony, September 17, 2015

LOS ANGELES —Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced a new program with the Los Angeles Public Library to support immigrant Angelenos on their journey to become American Citizens. Citizenshipworks, a website and mobile app, guides lawful permanent residents step-by-step through their naturalization applications.

The new pilot program is part of the Mayor’s Step Forward LA initiative — which focuses on encouraging and engaging the more than 350,000 legal permanent resident immigrants in Los Angeles to take the necessary steps to become U.S. citizens.

Four library branches have teamed up with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to dedicate space, trained staff, computers, and other resources to assist with the use of Citizenshipworks. This pilot builds on the resources already available in Citizenship Corners located in all 73 library branches, where residents can access tools — sample test materials, instructional DVDs, and more — to assist them in the naturalization process.

“We are committed to providing Angelenos who are eligible to become citizens  the tools they need to make their dreams a reality,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Our ‘Citizenship Corners’ serve as a free resource for community members that are looking to change their lives. Citizenshipworks helps make that happen.”

Residents who lack access to a computer or mobile device have been unable to use the easy-to-navigate Citizenshipworks, which is available free of charge at www.citizenshipworks.org. Through this program, they can now visit expanded Citizenship Corners at the following locations:

 

Benjamin Franklin Branch

2200 E. 1st Street

Los Angeles, CA 90033

Phone: (323) 263-6901

 

Pio Pico Branch

694 S. Oxford Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90005

Phone: (213) 368-7647

 

Harbor City-Harbor Gateway Branch

24000 S. Western

Harbor City, CA 90710

Phone: (310) 534-9520

 

Panorama City Branch

14345 Roscoe Boulevard

Panorama City, CA 91402

Phone: (818) 894-4071

 

“We are thrilled to work with the Mayor’s Office and our partners to help simplify the citizenship application process,” said John Szabo, City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Libraries. “Residents starting on the path to citizenship can visit any of our 73 libraries to use our computers to access Citizenshipworks, visit our Citizenship Corners for information, or attend free workshops and classes. Our librarians also have been trained to assist or refer patrons to professional assistance.”

To maximize resources and reach a greater number of legal permanent residents, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has partnered with NALEO Educational Fund to coordinate citizenship workshops and clinics.

“NALEO Educational Fund is excited to partner with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to pilot Citizenshipworks and to leverage our collective resources to reach the more than 350,000 legal permanent residents in the City of Los Angeles that are eligible to become U.S. citizens,” said Arturo Vargas, Executive Director of NALEO Educational Fund. “Citizenshipworks provides increased access to free and low-cost support with the application process by providing legal permanent residents with non-traditional resources and tools needed to naturalize and become full participants in our democracy.”

The Citizenshipworks platfrom was developed by the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net, with funding from the Knight Foundation and the New Americans Campaign. The companion Citizenshipwork mobile app was created by the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net with support from Citi Community Development.

“For the nearly nine million legal permanent residents in the United States who are eligible for naturalization, citizenship offers significant social and economic benefits,” said James Alva, Southern California Market Manager for Citi Community Development. “Citi is proud to support the CitizenshipWorks Mobile App to provide free naturalization and financial empowerment resources to those eligible for citizenship. Providing technological tools like the CitizenshipWorks Mobile App and the Citizenshipworks platform expands access to naturalization and financial capability resources and contributes to more inclusive cities.”

About the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

In 2013, Mayor Garcetti re-established the Office of Immigrant Affairs. This office creates programs and initiatives to support immigrant integration in the City of Los Angeles through coordination of city services, outreach, and legislative advocacy. For more information our initiative Step Forward LA, please visit: http://stepforward.lacity.org/