SPA6 Demographic Data, FY 2019-2020

After the  CONTINUE READING link there is the first page of a very extensive presentation of the demographic data collected in extensive interviews by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority of people experiencing homelessness taken as part of its January 2020 point in time homeless count. A link to the full report follows the image of its first page. The full report data includes breakdowns by Gender, Race and Ethnicity, Household type, Age, Veterans, Chronic status, Victims of Domestic Violence, Disability, Income, including non-cash such as Food Stamps, and more.


7 Best Ways to Support Local Homeless Shelters

[The following post is from the Charity Navigator Blog of Glen Rock, New Jersey ]

Recently, we’ve been talking about ways you can support local charities and the causes you care about on a budget. We shared tips for donating your old clothes, a list of things you can contribute to your local animal shelter, and a guide to finding meaningful (and fun) volunteer opportunities

Today we’re sharing 7 budget-friendly ways to support the homeless shelter in your community. Typically, we look for ways to support our local shelter when the weather gets cold and people are looking for a warm meal and place to stay, but shelters operate all year long. They provide shelter, resources, and other services to individuals experiencing homelessness in winter, spring, summer, and fall.


Helping the Homeless During a Natural Disaster

This graphic guide was produced by Eastern Kentucky University's emergency management program. It contains many good suggestions for homeless service agencies and individuals for providing aid to homeless persons during a natural disaster. Their statistics are a little dated, from the 2017 homeless count, and some of the organizations they suggest contacting do not have local Los Angeles chapters, but the general advice is useful.


Resources for Homeless People with Pets

Research on Homeless People With Pets

While we often think that homeless people seldom have pets because of not having a real home to provide for their pets, this is typically not the case. In fact, many people become homeless because they would prefer to be homeless with their pet than in a home without them.

Providing their pet with love and care often gives them a feeling of normalcy that they wouldn’t otherwise have under those circumstances. As long as the person is able to keep their pet well-fed, cared for, groomed and healthy, there is no reason why the two shouldn’t be allowed to stay together.

Many homeless state that their pet took care of them as much as they took care of the pet. Some even go so far as to say that their pets gave them a reason for living. These are the very reasons why it’s so important to provide the large number of homeless people every opportunity possible to keep their pets with them or provide them with temporary shelter.

Links to Resources for Homeless People with Pets from 365 Pet Insurance

Helping Our Homeless Neighbors: Downloadable brochure (or can view online) with extensive sources of help for the homeless in LA County Service Planning Area 6

A new three-fold brochure on homeless resources for SPA6 (South Los Angeles County) has just been issued jointly by the Empowerment Congress, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and the SA6 Homeless Coalition. Below is a list of the neighborhoods and cities the resources cover, and some broad categories of what they offer. There is a link at the bottom of the article to see or download the full brochure.

These communities and surrounding neighborhoods are within the LA County Service Planning Area 6 (SPA 6):

Baldwin Hills •Compton • Crenshaw

Exposition Park • Florence

Gramercy Park • Hyde Park

Jefferson Park •Ladera Heights

Leimert Park • Lynwood • Paramount

Rosewood • South Los Angeles

South Central • South Park

University Park • Vermont • Watts

West Adams • Willowbrook   Windsor Hills


Contains information on Mental Health resources, Shelters, where to get Showers, Safe Parking, Victims of Domestic Violence. Specific information for Families, Single Adults, and Youth.


Click here to see or download the brochure


The following is a snapshot of ways to get ready to qualify for funding and information about potential funding sources.  In addition,

Measure H Funding Opportunities

LAHSA – Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Information & Qualification Process

Info Sheet:

Qualification Process:


SPA6 Homeless Coalition Resource Guide

We have assembled a downloadable and printable PDF of the 9 articles on homeless resources in Service Planning Area 6 that appear in the Resource section of our website. These cover:

  • 1.  Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing

    2.   Outpatirent Mental Health Care

    3.   Free Healthcare for the Homeless and the Poor

    4.   Free Clothing and Groceries

    5.   Housing for Formerly Incarcerated Women

    6.   The Online Homeless Resource Directory

    7.   Housing for Health (Housing for extremely ill homeless people)

    8.   Current Locations Where People Can Live in Vehicles

  • Click Here to Download the full Resource Guide

Emergency Shelters and Transitional Housing in SPA6

Volunteers Of America: Pathways To Home, 3804 S. Broadway Place, LA 90037

The SPA6 Homeless Coalition is reviewing the available resources for the currently homeless in SPA6, as well as funding and other support for nonprofit and faith-based organizations that aid the homeless in South Los Angeles.

The first product of this research is a directory of known emergency shelters and transitional housing in SPA6.

Because of the wide diversity of the homeless, most agencies serve a narrow segment of the homeless population: single males or females, families, victims of domestic violence, transitional age youth leaving foster care, and the mentally ill.>

The broadest division is between short-term emergency shelters (usually 30 to 90 days), and transitional housing, for a longer period. Most of the transitional housing facilities have a monthly charge of $500 to $600 per month, which usually includes meals. Some are free.


Emergency Shelters and Transitional Housing in SPA6

At this time, we have located 12 emergency shelters in SPA6, some with more than one facility, plus 10 transitional housing providers and 8 providers contracted to the LA County Department of Mental Health for homeless with mental health issues.

These locations are divided below in numerous ways: some are only for males, only for females, only for victims of domestic violence, only for families, only for transitional age youths aged 18-21 or 24. And some offer services that overlap two or more of these categories.

One major division is between short-term shelters (usually 30 to 90 days), and medium-term transitional housing, lasting several years. The transitional housing generally involves shared rooms (2 to 6 persons per bedroom), often provide meals, and most charge a monthly fee of $500-$600.


Compiled by the SPA6 Homeless Coalition


Shelter Address

Population Served


Temporary Shelters

Volunteers Of America:
Pathways To Home

3804 S. Broadway Place,
Los Angeles, CA 90037


Shelter capacity: 286


Adult men 18+

Residents allowed to stay in 24 hours a day.

90-day limit




Hours: 8 am – 5 pm, Mon-Fri


Volunteers Of America:
Center for Life

8770 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90037


Shelter capacity: 125


Adult women

Residents allowed to stay in 24 hours a day.

90-day limit



Hours: 8 am – 5 pm, Mon-Fri


Testimonial Community Love Center

5721 S. Western Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90062


Shelter capacity: 40


Single females.

Single females with their children.

Clients allowed to stay in during the day if they have night work.



8 am – 5 pm, Mon - Fri

Domestic Violence

First To Serve -
House of Dignity 1

Location is confidential



Shelter capacity: 15


Single women fleeing domestic violence



9 am – 5 pm, Mon-Fri


First To Serve -

House of Dignity 2

Location is confidential


Shelter capacity: 6 families


Mothers with children fleeing domestic violence


9 am – 5 pm, Mon – Fri

1736 Family Crisis Center

Main office:

2116 Arlington Avenue, Suite 200

Los Angeles, CA 90018

(323) 737-3900

Operate 3 domestic violence
shelters in SPA6, locations undisclosed.


Shelters Capacity: 40, 51, and 88


Victims of domestic violence only

Single females

Single females with their children


Emergency hotline:



Jenesse Center Inc.

3761 Stocker St #100,

Los Angeles, CA 90008

Domestic abuse treatment center


Shelter capacity: 26


Women and children victims of domestic abuse

Families may reside for 30 days


Hotline 1-800-479-7328




Free Healthcare for the Poor and Homeless in SPA6


T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) clinic at 3834 S Western Avenue, LA 90062

Free healthcare for the homeless and their children is widely available in SPA 6 ranging from just north of the 10 Freeway down to Compton and Lynwood. We list below one full hospital, 12 free clinics for families and adults, 7 school clinics, plus a mobile clinic that hits one location twice a week and 15 more once a month. All provide free medical care for those unable to pay, and have a sliding scale for those a little better off. Some, but not all, offer dental care as well. Most will help eligible patients sign up for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) or Medi-Cal.


SPA6 Outpatient Mental Health Providers





Name of Agency


Address and Contact Number




Alafia Mental Health Institute

3756 Santa Rosalia Drive, Suite 628

Los Angeles 90008  323-298-8771

Outpatient and field-based mental health services for children and adults


Barbour and Floyd Medical

2640 Industry Way

Lynwood 90262 424-213-1150

Outpatient mental health services for adults and older adults


Children's Institute

10221 S. Compton Avenue, Suite 104

Los Angeles 90002     213-385-5100

Outpatient mental health services for children,  from birth to 21



19701 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 160

Torrance 90502   310-817-2177

Field-Based services for children ages 3-18

Didi Hirsch Mental Health

Mark Taper Center

1328 W. Manchester Avenue

Los Angeles, 90044   888-807-7250  

Outpatient mental health services for children, adults, and families


Drew Child Development Center

3737 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Suite 550

Lynwood, CA 90262  323-249-2950

 Outpatient mental health services for children ages four to eighteen and their families

Exodus Foundation MLK

Integrated Care Clinic

12021 S. Wilmington Avenue, 2nd Floor

LA 90059  (Ted Hawkins Building)    562-295-5916

Outpatient mental health services for ages 26-59

Exodus Pearl Ella Johnson

Wellness Center

11905 S. Central Avenue

Los Angeles 90059   323-312-0145

Outpatient services for ages 26-59 who no longer require traditional outpatient clinic services


Exodus Urgent Care Center (UCC)

11905 S. Central Avenue

LA 90059 562-295-4617

23 hour psychiatric crisis center open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

Hathaway/Sycamores Child and

Family Services

1968 W. Adams Blvd.

Los Angeles, 90018  323-733-0322

In-home mental health services for children ages 4-17 


Kedren Community Health Center

4211 S. Avalon Blvd.

Los Angeles, 90012     323-233-0425

Outpatient mental health services for children, adults, and families





Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic

3787 S. Vermont Avenue

Los Angeles, 90007    323-766-2345

Outpatient and Field-Based mental health services for children and adults ages 2-21 and Day Treatment for ages 2-5


Free Clothing and Food for the Homeless




Grateful Hearts - FREE Clothing

5300 Katella Avenue Los Alamitos, CA 90720


This is a little outside the SPA6 boundaries, at our south end, southeast of Paramount.


The Storehouse exists to distribute food, clothing, furniture and necessary household items to those in need. Agencies can call Danielle by 11:30 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays to bring clients. Times for bringing clients are Tuesday 12 to 1pm and Thursday 1 to 2pm.  Danielle's number is 562-735-0734. If clients want to come on their own for food and clothing or just food they need to call us at 562-431-0880 and we will tell them what documents to bring.  Warehouse is in Los Alamitos.  Clients can be from L.A. County, Orange County, etc.




Food Bank Los Angeles
390 Food Pantries throughout Los Angeles


Enter your ZIP code, then go to the location during the date and times specified. Get a bag of groceries. Call the location with any questions. Online Directory for Homeless Resources

A great one-stop online directory for homeless resources such as free meals, medical care, and emergency shelter is the HEALTHYCITY.ORG website. This contains a searchable database on a wide variety of services for homeless and non-homeless alike. The main menu at the top lists Services, Maps, Data, etc. For the homeless look at Services.

Under Services there are the following categories:


Basic Needs



   Material Goods



Consumer Services

Criminal Justice and Legal Services


Environment and Public Health/Safety

Health Care

Income Support and Employment

Individual and Family Life

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Organizational/Community/International Services

Nonprofit Headquarters


Housing the Highest-Cost Homeless

Director of Housing for
Health, Marc Trotz

Back in 2013 the Economic Roundtable concluded a two-year study of the 10% of Los Angeles homeless people who have the most frequent hospitalizations. The study, "Getting Home: Outcomes from Housing High Cost Homeless Hospital Patients," made the astonishing discovery that for the 10th decile patients, the city was spending an average of $63,808 a year. When instead of leaving them on the streets it placed them in permanent supportive housing, their total annual costs including rent and food fell to $16,913.

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services has created a new unit called Housing for Health devoted precisely to trying to house these extraordinarily expensive patients. Created by DHS Director Mitchell H. Katz, Housing for Health aims to use the huge savings to invest in creating long-term housing for the extremely ill homeless, and to do it now, not waiting for the housing boom that will eventually materialize from the Proposition HHH bond issue.


The New Law Restricting Living in a Vehicle


In November the City Council adopted a revised law restricting living in vehicles on city street. The revised law took effect January 7, 2017, but police are holding off enforcement until early February. The change takes the form of a revision of Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) 85.02 – Vehicle Dwelling.