LA Resources

Los Angeles Social Service Directory


Immediate Housing

A Bridge Home

Options for homeless housing created by Mayor Eric Garcetti.


Safe Parking LA

Offers a safe place to park for people experiencing homelessness in their vehicle.

Contact: (213) 793-8493


Permanent Housing

HUD Exchange

Housing Assistance; homeless service provider, housing counseling agency, affordable housing, etc.


Los Angeles Family Housing

Housing referral service for families and individuals.

Contact: (818) 255-2703 |


PATH – Making It Home

Across the state, they help people find permanent housing and provide case management, medical and mental healthcare, benefits advocacy, employment training, and other services to help people maintain their homes stably. Since 2013, they have connected more than 7,500 people to permanent homes.

Contact: (323) 644-2200


Social Serve

Affordable Housing for rent and for sale.


Healthy Housing Foundation

In Los Angeles, AIDS Healthcare Foundation launched the ‘Healthy Housing Foundation by AHF,’ which will provide decent housing units at an affordable cost to low-income people, including families with children, and those previously unsheltered or homeless. In Los Angeles, HHF will offer priority placement to individuals with chronic health conditions, including HIV/AIDS. AHF will expand the scope of its Healthy Housing Foundation across the country as the need finds, and its resources allow.


Temporary and Permanent Housing

Los Angeles County Housing Resource Center

Homeless shelters and emergency housing, housing authorities, state and federal resources, special needs and permanent supportive housing, accessible housing.

Contact: (877) 428-8844


Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department

Affordable Housing: low-income homebuyers, affordable housing listings, section 8 and public housing.

Contact: (866) 557-7368


Los Angeles Public Library

Stable living resources locations; emergency short-term, long-term and permanent housing or special housing for those diagnosed with mental illness.


Temporary Housing


LAHSA Homeless Services: Direct emergency services and transportation, referrals to homeless family, adult, and youth shelters.

Contact: (213) 225-6581


Need Help Paying Bills

Los Angeles short-term housing assistance and shelter: Families and individuals across Los Angeles County can receive short term housing, shelter, and support services from dozens of non-profit organizations, charities, churches and outreach centers.


Shelter – Find Shelter and Housing

Provides resources homeless shelters, halfway houses, affordable housing. This includes, but not limited to emergency shelters, day shelters, transitional housing and shared housing. They also have other resources outside of the city of Los Angeles.


Shields for Families

Rapid Re-Housing: Is designed to help single adults and veterans locate, secure and maintain stable housing in Los Angeles.

Contact: (800)735-2922 | 11601 S. Western Ave. 90047



United Way – Coordinated Entry System

Map of regional contacts for housing, depending on SPA.


LA County Learn Upon

Free housing and other homeless service trainings.


American Hope Resources

Comprehensive list of transportation resources for low income families.


California Automobile Assigned Risk Plan (CAARP)

Low income drivers can purchase special auto insurance for $347 annually. Must verify your income with tax returns, show valid drivers license, vehicle registration, and proof of ownership of the vehicle

Contact: 800-622-0954


Consumer Assistance Program (CAP)

CAP provides financial assistance for low income consumers whose vehicles don’t pass smog check. If you qualify they can help pay for repairs that will allow your car to pass. You must pay a copayment.

Contact: 800-952-5210


LA Metro Reduced Fare

Customer Center and Reduced Fare Office offers reduced metro fare for low income and people with disabilities.

Contact: (213) 680-0054 | 1 Gateway Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012


LIFE (Low Income Fare is Easy)

Save up to $24 on a metro 30 day pass if your income qualifies you for Metro’s LIFE. LIFE coupons are accepted by antelope valley transit agency, Culver City bus lines, Foothill transit, LADOT, Long Beach Transit, Metro, Montebello bus lines, Norwalk Transit system, MTA, Santa Clarita Transit, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, and Torrance Transit.

Contact: (213) 922-2378


Safe Parking LA

Offers a safe place to park for people experiencing homelessness in their vehicles.

Contact: (213) 793-8493


The Bicycle Kitchen

Offer guidance for usage of their shop and teach people how to fix bikes using the shop’s tools and resources.

Contact: (323) 662-277 | 64429 Fountain Ave, 90029



Community Assessment Service Center

Referral program to find an appointment for alcohol and drug treatment programs.

Contact: (800) 564-6600


Laundry Love

Established 2003 in Ventura California, Laundry Love (LL) washes the clothes and bedding of low/no income families and person(s) across the U.S. Partnering with diverse groups and laundromats nationwide, we brighten the lives of thousands of people each month through love, dignity, and detergent.


Los Angeles Public Library

To transition to stable living, you may need help to resolve legal problems, health issues, personal grooming/hygiene, and access to computers and phones. Use this page to help you find these resources and much more.



State and federal government fund available to low income California residents that pays for medical expenses.

Contact: (877) 597-4777


Refresh Spot

The ReFresh Spot is a community-driven project that provides the Skid Row community access to a restroom, shower, and laundry facility with supportive services, such as linkages to other providers in the area and phone charging. It is a public facility open to anyone in the community with no discrimination for entry. The ReFresh Spot is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and includes a 24/7 Safe Passage Program, which is designed to create added safety for guests and visitors near and around the Skid Row area. The site offers a place for people to have their basic needs met with dignity.

Contact: (213) 744-0724 | 557 Crocker St., Los Angeles, CA 90013


Saint Francis Center

During the shower program, the Center distributes clothing and hygiene kits, which include basic toiletries, clean underwear, socks, and towels. Each guest must sign up for a time slot. Spaces are limited and are given on a first come-first serve basis.

Contact: (213) 747-5347


The People Concern

The People Concern offer general medical aid as well as others like housing and substance abuse resources.(310) 450-4050


Turning Point

Alcohol and drug education program.

Contact: (323) 296-1840


In Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

Pays for services provided to eligible persons who are aged (65 or older), or legally blind or disabled adults and children, so they can remain safely in their own homes.




The agency provides health services, mental health services and substance use disorder services for people of all ages who live in the Los Angeles County area. There are no geographic restrictions.

Contact: (310) 675-9555 Service/Intake | (877) 557-7826 Drug Testing | 4023 Marine Ave. Lawndale, CA 90260


Alma Family Services- El Monte Office- MAC Laren Children Center

services for people with developmental disabilities who live in Los Angeles County. There are no geographic restrictions.

Contact: (626) 455-4799 | 4024 Durfee Ave., Wing D, El Monte 91732


Center for Reflective Communities

provides family support services for parents in Los Angeles County. There are no geographic restrictions.

Contact: (323) 275-4805 | 2014 Sawtelle Blvd. 90025


Community Medical Wellness Centers USA

 counseling services, health services and legal services for people of all ages who live in Long Beach and the surrounding communities, including people who are low-income or homeless. There are no geographic restrictions.

Contact: (562) 270-0324 | 1360 E. Anaheim St., Ste. 101 90813


Los Angeles Department of Mental Health

Mental health resources in Los Angeles.

Contact: (800) 854-7771


Maple Counseling Center

counseling services and volunteer opportunities for people of all ages who live or work in Beverly Hills and adjacent areas. There are no geographic restrictions.

Contact: (310) 271-9999 | 9107 Wilshire Blvd., lower level, 90210


National Alliance on Mental Illness

List of mental health resources in Los Angeles.


New Directions

provides domestic violence services for adults and adolescents, ages 13 to 80 and substance use disorder services for adolescents, ages 13 to 20 and adults in Los Angeles County. There are no geographic restrictions.

Contact: (562) 943-6000 | 12627 B Santa Gertrudes Ave. La Mirada, CA 90638


Richstone Family Center

provides mental health services, supervised visitation and monitoring for low-income and at-risk families, and volunteer opportunities for people, age 16 and older, who live in Los Angeles. There are no geographic restrictions.

Contact: (310) 970-1921 | 13634 Cordary Ave, 90250


Southern California Counseling Center

provides counseling services and domestic violence services for adults, couples, families and children in Los Angeles County. There are no geographic restrictions.

Contact: (323) 937-1344 | 5615 W. Pico Blvd., 90019


Trauma Informed Care

A Long Journey Home

A guide to agencies looking for practical ideas about how to create trauma-informed environments. This guide elaborates on ten principles for designing trauma-informed


ACES Connection Network

ACEs Connection is a social network that is a trusted source where members share information, explore resources and access tools that help them work together to create resilient families, systems, and communities.


Center for Social Innovation

This tool evaluates an organization’s needs and progress in implementing trauma-informed care and ensuring its sustainability. The assessment takes approximately 15 minutes for staff members to complete online and scores are available to the organization immediately.


National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC)

NCTIC offers consultation and technical assistance, education and outreach, and resources to support a broad range of service systems, including systems providing mental health and substance abuse services, housing and homelessness services, HIV services, peer and family organizations, child welfare, criminal justice, and education.


National Center on Family Homelessness

The Toolkit offers homeless service providers with guidelines for developing practices and policies to ensure that they are responding appropriately to the needs of families who have experienced traumatic stress.



This booklet is an introduction to the effects of trauma and some guidance on how to relieve those symptoms.


San Francisco Trauma Informed Systems (TIS) Initiatives

TIS Initiative is a six-pronged approach to developing and sustaining change in organizational and workforce functioning.

Child Care Resources


The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program is a time-limited program that provides financial assistance to eligible needy families with (or expecting) children to help pay for housing, food, utilities, clothing, medical care, and other necessary expenses.


Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles

Resource and referral/ alternative payment information center.

Contact: (888) 92-CHILD


Child Care Resource Center

Referral agency and alternative payment program that provides quality child care, development, and education services for families in need of child care.

Contact: (818) 717-1000 | 20001 Prairie Street, 91311


Connections for Children 

Referral agency and alternative payment program.

Contact: (310) 452-3202 | 2701 Ocean Park Boulevard, Suite 253, 90405


Crystal Stairs

Referral agency and alternative payment program.

Contact: (323) 299-8998, (323) 421-1028 | 5110 West Goldleaf Circle, Suite 150, 90056


Drew Child Development Corporation

Servicing children through age 12, and exceptional needs and severely disabled children up to age 18 (21 in some programs), the Subsidized Childcare  Program provides information to help families find child care that best meets their needs.


LAUSD after school enrichment

Provides information on enrollment in after school programs.

Contact: (213) 745-1900


Mexican-American Opportunity Foundation

Referral agency and alternative payment program.

Contact: (323) 890-9600 | 401 North Garfield Avenue, 90640



Referral agency and alternative payment program.

Contact: (213) 427-2700 | 3550 West 6th Street #500, 90020


Statewide R&R Child Care Connection

Statewide referral agency.

Contact: (800) 543-7793

Food Resources


CalFresh was established to improve the nutrition of people in low-income households. It does that by increasing their food-buying power, so they are able to purchase the amount of food their household needs. CalFresh benefits are used instead of money at the grocery store. CalFresh benefits are issued via a Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.

Contact: (877) 847-3663 | Any DPSS office


Everytable South LA

Healthy, balanced meals for families at low cost.

Contact: (213) 973-5095 | 1101 W. 23rd St., 90007


Food Oasis LA

Pantry/free food locator.


Food on Foot

Offers Sunday meals as well as other food resources for the homeless in Los Angeles.


Food Pantries

List of current foood pantries in Los Angeles (information on other California cities available).


Homeless Shelter Directory

List of food pantries, soup kitchens, and food banks.


Los Angeles Food Bank

Pantry/free food locator.

Contact: (323) 234-3030


Los Angeles Mission

Food boxes distributed every Wednesday, boxes consist of a minimum value of $100.

Contact: (213) 629-1227 ext 329


Los Angeles Public Library

Offers a list and map that helps you find food, groceries and government assistance so you and your family can eat. You can find free, hot meals at a number of churches, shelters and other organizations, or get free or low-cost groceries at food pantries. You may also qualify for CalFresh and get an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to use for grocery shopping.


MEND- Meet Each Need with Dignity

Free and low cost food.

Contact: (818) 897-2443

Clothing Resources

Clothes the Deal

Offers suits and other business clothes for free.


Dress for Success

Offers suits and other job resources to women.


Jails To Jobs

List of places that offer free interview clothes, type location into search bar.


Los Angeles Public Library

To transition to stable living, you may need help to resolve legal problems, health issues, personal grooming/hygiene, and access to computers and phones. Use this page to help you find these resources and much more.


Need Help Paying Bills

Los Angeles free clothing closets, school supplies and clothes for low income families.


Los Angeles Mission

Offers free clothing and other goods to homeless populations.

ID Aid


You may pay a reduced application fee for an original or renewal identification (ID) card if you meet income requirements from a public assistance program. If you are eligible, the governmental or non-profit program will give you a completed Verification for Reduced Fee Identification Card form (DL 937) to take to DMV to apply for your reduced fee ID card. You will also need a proof of identity, social security number, and residency from the list of acceptable REAL ID document options.

Contact: (800) 777-0133


Career One Stop

Locates Community Colleges and other adult schools that are in your local area.



List of Scholarships.


Evans Adult School

Los Angeles adult school that provides ESL resources, reading, writing, and math resources, high school diploma or high school equivalency as well as career and technical training.

Contact: (213) 613 – 7900 | 717 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90012


L.A. County Office of Education

Adult school to help get a high school diploma or GED, learn English as a second language (ESL), provide computer training and job readiness classes and others.

Contact: (562) 922-6111



Whether your goal is to learn English, earn your high school diploma or equivalent, or complete one of their short-term, low-cost training programs, LATC can help you on your path to academic and career success.



Adult school to help get a high school diploma or GED, learn English as a second language (ESL), provide computer training and job readiness classes and others.

Contact: (213) 625-3276


Los Angeles Coounty Economic Development Corporation

List of Education Resources within Los Angeles.



Scholarships for low income students.


Santa Monica Community College

Community College with career opportunities or transfer to a 4 year university.

Contact: (310) 434-4000 | 1900 Pico Blvd., 90405


Community Legal Aid SoCal

Holistic legal aid for low income residents. They offer legal aid in a variety of different categories.

Contact: (800) 834-5001


Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Provide free or low cost legal aid to people in Los Angeles. They can help relieve barriers to employment through their Employment and Employment Barriers section as well as other valuable legal processes.

Contact: (800) 399-4529


Legal Services Cooperation

Referral agency for low cost or free legal aid.


Los Angeles Mission

Free on-site legal aid.

Contact: (213) 629-1227 | 303 E 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013


Los Angeles Public Library

To transition to stable living, you may need help to resolve legal problems, health issues, personal grooming/hygiene, and access to computers and phones. Use this page to help you find these resources and much more.


Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

Neighborhood Legal Services is a steadfast advocate for individuals, families and communities throughout Los Angeles County. Through a combination of individual representation, high impact litigation and public policy advocacy, NLSLA combats the immediate and long-lasting effects of poverty and expands access to health, opportunity, and justice in Los Angeles’ diverse neighborhoods.

Contact: (800) 433-6251


The Clean Slate Clearing House

online resource for people with criminal records, reentry and workforce agencies, legal service providers, and policymakers. This resource provides access to state statutory information related to criminal record clearance policies in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Criminal record clearance enables an eligible person’s criminal history to be removed from easy public access, and potentially removes some of those barriers to success after involvement with the criminal justice system. The CSC is a project developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor



Low cost wireline home internet service to qualifying households


California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE)

Low-income customers that are enrolled in the CARE program receive a 30-35 percent discount on their electric bill and a 20 percent discount on their natural gas bill.


California Lifeline

LifeLine is a government program that subsidizes phone service for low-income individuals in California, ensuring everyone can stay in touch.

Contact: (866) 272-0357



Utility bill assistance.


Energy Hotline

Utility bill assistance.

Contact: (800) 342-5397


Financial Help Resources

List of financial help resources covered: Government cash assistance offices, welfare offices, local non profits providing help with utilities, groceries, short term cash assistance, food assistance.


Free Government Cell Phones

Information guide on free government provided cell phones.


Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Helps with overdue gas or electric bills and other home modification and housing aid.

Contact: (866) 675-6623


Saint Francis Center

During the shower program, the Center distributes clothing and hygiene kits, which include basic toiletries, clean underwear, socks, and towels. Each guest must sign up for a time slot. Spaces are limited and are given on a first come-first serve basis.


SoCal Gas

No-Cost energy saving home improvements to make energy efficient.

Contact: (800) 331-7593



TruConnect will provide you with a free 5-inch smartphone and free unlimited monthly calling and texting, plus free data through a special government benefit program called “LifeLine.”

Contact: (800) 430-0443


American Consumer Credit Counseling

Low cost and affordable debt relief programs as well as other free or low cost financial aid.

Contact: (800) 769-3571


Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)

Low cost and affordable debt relief programs as well as other free or low cost financial aid.


General Relief

General Relief is a cash assistance program provided by the County of Los Angeles for individuals who are not eligible for other federal or State cash assistance programs, such as CalWORKS, Supplemental Security Income, and Disability Insurance Benefits. The most you can receive in cash aid per month is $221 as well as enrollment in MediCal, Free health care (800-427-8700), bus tokens, a personal care kit, sanitary napkins, housing repairs, supplements for medically required diets, a referral to a drug or alcohol recovery program, as well as CalFresh (food stamps).

Contact: (866) 613-3777


Homeless Assistance

Provides individuals with a history of homelessness with rent subsidy and coordinating access to other necessary supportive services.


In Charge Debt Solutions

Debt relief for low income peoples as well as a resource guide for other financial aid.

Contact: (800) 565-8953


Low Income Financial Help

Offers debt relief and other important financial aid.


Operation HOPE

HOPE Inside is our award-winning model of community uplift. We serve adults, youth, disaster survivors, and employees with financial dignity programming and coaching to equip them with the financial knowledge and tools to create a secure future. Our programs and services are offered at no cost to the client.


Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)

Provides cash assistance, Medi-Cal, and CalFresh to refugees for eight months starting with the month in which the person was admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or the date asylum was granted or from the date of application for aid.


The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in California may be able to provide financial assistance in an emergency. Services range from housing, rental assistance, food, to funds for paying utility bills, free school supplies or Christmas toys and more. One of the primary missions of the Salvation Army is to alleviate human suffering and address the economic, social, and emotional well-being of the low income and struggling individuals and families in California. The agency will support qualified low income families, regardless of their race, religion, or age.

Offers government benefits and other helpful financial aid, as well as other resources.

Resource Guides

211 LA

Offers a variety of different resources within different categories.

Contact: 2-1-1 | (800) 339-6993 (if you are calling from outside Los Angeles County)


Alameda County Public Health Department

Comprehensive resource guide.


Aunt Bertha

Search for free or reduced-cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more.


California Debt Relief

Comprehensive resource guide.


Chirp Los Angeles

Supportive services and other resource guide.


County of Los Angeles Public Health

Transition age youth public health toolkit.



Comprehensive resource guide.


Eco Bear

Comprehensive list of housing and medical resources as well as food pantries and other food resources.


Homeless Health Care Los Angeles

Comprehensive resource guide.


Homeless Shelter Directory

Comprehensive resource guide for a variety of different categories.


Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Transitional Age Youth (TAY)

Housing and other support service guide.


Office of Community Services

Government resource programs.


One Degree

Free comprehensive resource search engine.


Our Children LA

Comprehensive resource guides as well as app, WIN: What I need (resource locator).


The National Reentry Resource Center

Comprehensive resource guide for populations with a criminal background.


The People’s Guide

Comprehensive resource guide.