Los Angeles County government divides the county into 8 Service Planning Areas (SPAs), most of which encompass more than one city. SPA6 is the service area for South Los Angeles. It runs roughly from the 10 Freeway in the north to include Compton and Paramount in the south, and from Baldwin Hills and Willowbrook in the west, to stop at the borders of Vernon, Huntington Park, and South Gate in the east.

The SPA 6 Homeless Coalition originated in December 2012 and January 2013 meetings of homeless service providers and stakeholders from South LA and the cities of Compton and Lynwood. Its original goal was to improve the accuracy for SPA 6 for the January 2013 Semi-Annual Point In Time Homeless Count administered by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). The group of providers and faith based organizations reconvened in February 2013 to discuss the details and debrief about the count. Subsequently, homeless stakeholders continued to meet monthly and eventually adopted the name  SPA 6 Homeless Coalition.

Participating Organizations

Representatives of the following organizations attend meetings of the SPA6 Homeless Coalition.*

1736 Family Crisis Center
Aids Project Los Angeles (APLA)
California Council for Veterans Affairs
Champions of Caring Connections, Inc.
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
Community Build
Daisy's House Transitional Facility
Fathers and Mothers Who Care
First to Serve
Home at Last
Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS)
Inner City Law Center
Jenesse Center
Kedren Community Health Center
Los Angeles City Attorney's Office
Los Angeles City Council District 9, Curren Price's staff
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Los Angeles Unified School District
New Direction Community Program
Salvation Army
Southern California Health and Rehabilitation Program (SCHARP)
Southwest LAPD Community Police Advisory Board
St. Joseph Center
Testimonial Community of Love
The Fig Tree Development Group
The Good Seed Shelter
The Sanctuary of Hope
The Weingart Center
United Way
Upward Bound House
Volunteers Of America Pathways to Home
Watts Labor Community Action Committee
Yellow Rose Friendship House

* Attendance does not imply specific commitments or responsibilities for the Coalition.





At our monthly meetings more than 20 organizations involved with the homeless in South Los Angeles share information. These range from the County Department of Mental Health to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the Weingart Center for the Homeless, Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care Systems (HOPICS) and many other homeless service organizations and faith-based groups. Our meetings are a one-stop event each month to keep abreast of the latest city, county, and HUD policies, funding opportunities, and training programs.


The SPA6 Homeless Coalition plays an advocacy role: We lobby federal, state, county and city agencies to undertake projects in our communities and include South Los Angeles in major efforts such as the $1.2 billion ten-year permanent supportive homeless housing construction program approved by voters in November - to see that SPA6 is not left out when locations are selected.


Our website, SPA6homeless.org, is building  a wide range of information, aggregating important government policy documents, advocacy statements, resources available to the homeless in SPA6 such as emergency housing, mental health care, and other needs. And promoting LAHSA's annual homeless count, the next one of which is set for SPA6 on January 26, 2017.