Our Resource page contains information and referrals to many kinds of resources for people experiencing homelessness. These include locations of hygiene services, transitional living locations, advice for homeless pet owners, providers of free healthcare, substance abuse counseling, help with immigration problems, and domestic violence victims.

The most important resource is Los Angeles County’s Coordinated Entry System (CES). Instituted in 2014, phone operators enroll people experiencing homelessness countywide in all 8 Service Planning Areas into a single database that ranks them according to need and matches them to available housing and services that best fit their needs. There are now systems that serve Adults, Families with Children, and Youth. A CES Access Center in Service Planning Area 6 can be reached at 323-563-4721.

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Vision Care Resources

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The organizations listed below, while not affiliated with UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic (UMEC), are aligned with UMEC’s mission to provide version services at low to no cost. They may be helpful to you in terms of assistance or information. However, if you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic and we will do our best to assist you. 

Angels for Sight
Nonprofit located in Compton, CA dedicated to providing free vision screenings, eye examinations, and glasses. Angels for Sight holds monthly vision clinics for anyone to attend. Visit Angels for Sight website for more information.

EyeCare America

EyeCare America
Public service program that provides eye care through volunteer ophthalmologists. In order to qualify, you must be 65 or older, and have not seen an Eye MD in over 3 years. If you have been identified as a high-risk patient, it may still be possible to qualify even if you have seen an Eye MD more recently than 3 years. Eyeglasses are not covered. Appointments can be made online.

New Eyes for the Needy
This nonprofit organization, founded in 1932, purchases new prescription eyeglasses for U.S. residents in financial need. Download applications for a voucher for eyeglasses. These applications must be completed through a local social services agency.

This is the world’s largest online database of high quality used glasses, and offers more affordable options. All you need to do is enter a prescription, and a variety of possible options will appear! Once you order, glasses can be shipped in about 7-10 business days.

Sight for Students
Provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. Potential clients should use the website to review qualification guidelines, and to find a community partner in the area that will perform the examination. Qualification guidelines are that family income is no more than 200% of the federal poverty level, the child is not enrolled in Medicaid or another vision insurance, child is 18 years or young, and child or parent is a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant.

Braille Institute
Organization that offers free programs, classes and services to the visually impaired. Find an events calendar for the Downtown Los Angeles center.


Clothing: Thrift Stores and Donation Centers, 2020

Thrift stores are not free, but may have a larger selection at reasonable prices.

The Salvation Army

Thrift Store Encino, CA

Encino, CA

Closes 7PM · (818) 784-8096


Dress For Success Worldwide-West

Women's organization

1933 S Broadway 11th floor

Closes 5PM · (323) 461-1021


Food Bank Update: April 2021


Following is an April 7, 2021, Food Bank Guide prepared by Chirp Los Angeles. Their full guide covers all of Los Angeles County. We have selected mainly food banks located in LA' Service Planning 6 area where most of our audience resides.




Covid-19 Vaccines and HIV FAQ


COVID-19 Vaccines and People with HIV - Frequently Asked Questions


Version: 1/26/21


The HIV Medicine Association and the Infectious Diseases Society of America developed this document to respond to questions from HIV clinicians, and as a resource for HIV clinicians to respond to patient questions regarding COVID-19 vaccines. Unless otherwise noted, the information provided is based on the IDSA COVID-19 Real-Time Learning.

The document is a downloadable PDF. To view, click HERE


7 Best Ways to Support Local Homeless Shelters

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

https://blog.charitynavigator.org/2018/06/7-best-ways-to-support-local-homeless.html ]

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:



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.


Housing and Support for Formerly Incarcerated Women

A New Way of Life


·         We provide housing and support to formerly incarcerated women for successful community re-entry, family reunification and individual healing.

·         We work to restore the civil rights of formerly incarcerated people.

·         We empower, organize and mobilize formerly incarcerated people as advocates for social change and personal transformation.

Help women and girls break the cycle of entrapment in the criminal justice system and lead healthy and satisfying lives. Also get Bed, Bath, and Beyond items for FREE.


PO BOX 875288

323.563.3575 OFFICE
323.563.3445 FAX



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.


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