Founded in 1978, Loisaida, Inc. is a Puerto Rican multidisciplinary community development organization located in the Lower East Side area of Lower Manhattan. We stand firm on our original mission — to address the serious economic and social disenfranchisement of poor and low income Latino residents in the Lower East Side, with employment and training opportunities, comprehensive youth development initiatives, as well as neighborhood revitalization activities that positively highlight our rich culture, heritage, and contributions of the Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Latin American & migrant community in this City.
The Loisaida Inc. Center provides space, mentorship, resources, and opportunities to emerging community leaders, artists, and creators in diverse disciplines. We promote a vibrant social and community life and serve as an incubator for self-sustainable projects and entrepreneurial initiatives. Our approach celebrates the urban surroundings, grassroots invention, and immigrant spirit of the Loisaida neighborhood in our dedication to highlighting our cultural vitality and contributions to NYC.