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 RESOURCE LIST- Survival (Food, Shelters)
Most commonly referred to and requested resource list for the Greater Los Angeles area
This list is maintained by Reverend Alejandro
 Escoto MCCLA Minister of Congregational Care
MCCLA Minister of Congregational Care

Last Updated: December 15, 2009


Jump to a Category:


Domestic Violence
Financial Assistance       


Food Banks       


Health Care: Free or Low Cost Health Care
Job Referrals       


Mental Health Services



Youth Referrals       


or call 211
The WE Connect campaign is a pioneering public/private partnership designed to help California’s working families become more financially secure by connecting them to important programs and resources. This statewide effort will connect families with the information and tools they need to take full advantage of these valuable resources, empowering them to live their dreams.


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Alcohol and Drug
(for youth between the ages of 12-20 years of age)

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Support Group for Parents of Gender Variant Youth
Meets first Sunday of every month
Contact: Jen Durham, (323) 993-7496

Tarzana Treatment Center
Locations in Tarzana, Reseda, Northridge, Long Beach, Lancaster
(800) 996-1051

Twin Towers Treatment Center
Addiction treatment for Youth and Young Adults (ages 12-20);
No cost to the patient or family (eligibility requirements apply)
and patient must live in Los Angeles County.
(866) 594-8844

Domestic Violence


Domestic Violence Group for Deaf Women
Contact Ilene Miner, LCSW
Phone: (310) 740-7304
Women Helping Women now provides a support group for deaf women in American Sign Language who are victims/survivors of domestic violence. The support group is facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline
1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.3224 (TTY)

Help is available to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hotline advocates are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 170 languages through interpreter services.


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Financial Assistance


8235 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste 200, West Hollywood 90046, (323) 656-1107
Provides financial assistance to persons with HIV/AIDS
for rent, utilities and vitamin/pharmacy supplies

Consumer Credit Counseling Services
(800) 750-2227
Helps people prevent and solve money management difficulties
through debt repayment programs,
one-on-one counseling and educational programs.

Dept. of Public Social Services (DPSS)
(877) 481-1044 central help line
Local office: 11110 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, 90024
(310) 481-4018, 4019, 5314
Assists individuals with programs offered through DPSS
including General Relief (Welfare), Medi-Cal, Food Stamps, Calworks
(aid to families with children under 19).

Home Energy Assistance Program
866) 675-6623
Program assists California low-income households with payment of electricity bills.
California residents must meet eligibility requirements
and income guidelines as well as be responsible for
energy costs in the designated residence.
For more information check out

Jewish Free Loan Association
6505 Wilshire Blvd., #715, Los Angeles 90048
(323) 761-8830:
Offers interest-free loans on a non-sectarian basis
to individuals and families whose needs are urgent
and who may not qualify through normal financial resources.
For more information, check out

The Paul Gronberg Benevolence Fund
Metropolitan Community Church Los Angeles,
4953 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles 90027 (323) 669-3434
Provides financial assistance for paying rent, utilities, groceries, etc.
for members and friends of MCCLA.
Restrictions apply and a brief application process in required.

Serra Project
(800) 659-4893
Assists individuals or family members living with HIV/AIDS
obtain financial assistance to pay rent, mortgage, utility bills.

or call 211
The WE Connect campaign is a pioneering public/private partnership designed to help California’s working families become more financially secure by connecting them to important programs and resources. This statewide effort will connect families with the information and tools they need to take full advantage of these valuable resources, empowering them to live their dreams.

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Food Banks


Hope Net Food Program

Provides emergency groceries for low-income neighbors
in the Wilshire Center / Rampart areas of Los Angeles and beyond;
the web site lists selected locations and distribution hours.

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

The Regional Food Bank partners with nearly 900 organizations
and charitable organizations within the Los Angeles County
to provide food and hot meals to those with the greatest need.
The web site allows for a search of pantries by city name or zip code.

SOVA (Sustenance, Opportunity, Volunteerism, Advocacy)
818-988-7682 (administrative number)
Individuals must meet eligibility criteria
(number of persons in household and annual income plus other factors).
SOVA distributes groceries from three different locations:

Metro: 7563 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035
(Beverly-Fairfax Area)
West: 8846 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
(Pico-Robertson Area)
Valley: 16439 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, CA 91406
(Middle of San Fernando Area)


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Health Care: Free or Low Cost Health Care


We’ve Got You Covered:
Los Angeles County Guide to
Free and Low-Cost Health Care Services

This guide contains information to the many Free and Low Cost Health Care Services/Programs for Los Angeles County Residents. There are health programs to cover the needs of everyone. This pdf guide is divided into separate categories for your convenience and each category is color-coded to make it easier for you to locate the health programs/services you may wish to contact. To view click on:

Free or low Cost Health Care in Los Angeles County

The National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC)
NAFC is the only nonprofit 501c(3) (ID# 56-2273242) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of the more than 1,200 free clinics and the people they serve in the United States. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NAFC is an effective advocate for the issues and concerns of free clinics, their volunteer workforce of doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, technicians and other health care professionals, and the patients served by free clinics in communities throughout the nation. To find a Free Clinic, in your area, click on:

Queens Care
Queens Care is a faith-based organization, QueensCare strives to provide, directly and with others, accessible healthcare for uninsured and low-income individuals and families residing in Los Angeles County. Queens Care has 6 clinic locations within the Los Angeles area. To find a location near you, click on:


Health Education, HIV Testing, Support Groups


APLA (AIDS Project Los Angeles)
611 South Kingsley Drive, Los Angeles, 90005 (213) 201-1600

Bienestar has 10 locations within Southern California; the local centers are:
East Los Angeles (323) 727-7896
Hollywood (323) 660-9680
South Los Angeles (323) 752-3100
Van Nuys (818) 908-3820

MAP (Minority AIDS Project)
Carl Bean Center, 5149 W. Jefferson Blvd. , Los Angeles, 90016 (323) 936-4949
Dignity Center , 4714 Mascot St. Los Angeles, 90019 (323) 525-1133

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Job Referrals



An on line job and career web site that provides job listings and career advice. Sponsored by Chrysalis, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals become self-sufficient through employment opportunities.

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Mental Health Services

Hollywood Mental Health
35550 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, (213) 738-4715

Hollywood Mental Health*
1224 N. Vine St., Los Angeles,
(323) 769-6100 *M-F 8-5 (no appointment necessary)

L.A. Free Clinic*
8405 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles,
(213) 653-1990 *Appointment needed

National Hopeline Network 24-hour Hotline

 Rape & Battering 24 Hour Hotline
(310) 932-8381

Suicide Prevention Line 24 hour Hotline
(310) 391-1253, (877) 727-4747

Suicide Survivors
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services:
(310) 751-5382

Women Helping Women Services
543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles,
(213) 655-3807, (323) 651-2930

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Recovery Referrals


24-Hour Addictions Referral Network
Toll Free: (800) 577-4740

Alcohol & Drug Treatment Referral Help line
Toll Free: (800) 758-5877

2530 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles 90027
Toll Free: ( 800) 342-5429

Behavioral Health Services Inc. Supportive Housing
Addiction treatment for Substance Abusing LGBT Young Adults
(between the ages of 18-25 years old).
The Supportive Housing is located in the Long Beach Area and special emphasis will placed on those individuals living with HIV/AIDS
or who may be suffering from mental illness.
Monthly Program cost is $450.00.
Contact John Kirby for more information or to set up an assessment interview.
(310) 679 – 9126 x1294 or

California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs
Toll Free: (800) 879-2772

Covenant House California
Specializes in Youth
1325 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90027
(323) 461-3131 ext. 240,
(323) 957-7455
Toll Free: (800) 999-9999

an exciting, dynamic and professional treatment program located in the heart of West Hollywood, California. KLEAN is a unique blend of sober living coupled with intensive outpatient program, focusing on the dual-diagnosed client suffering from drug and/or alcohol dependence in addition to a psychiatric diagnosis.

Twin Towers Treatment Centers
Van Ness Recovery House
1919 N. Beachwood Drive, Los Angeles 90068
(323) 463-4266 

Walden House
1355 South Hill Street, Los Angeles 90015, (213) 763-6220

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Shelters and Housing Resources


Los Angeles County Housing Resource Center
          Incredible online resource with assists individuals in locating housing resources
for affordable, special needs and emergency housing.

Online Housing resources
          Good resource for someone who currently has housing
but will have to move within a month or so.

PATH (People Assisting The Homeless)*
*Service is provided on a first come first serve basis.
Emergency beds are available and may be arranged
by calling the PATH Outreach number.
It is advised that the address and phone of the selected shelter
be given directly to the individual and let the person
requiring assistance go directly to PATH.

PATH Hollywood
(323) 960-3333
5627 Fernwood Ave., Los Angeles 90028:
           (provides shelter only)

PATH Los Angeles
(323) 664-2216
340 N. Madison Ave. 90004:
           (provides shelter and on site services see section “1.C”.  

(323) 644-2216
located at PATH Los Angeles
          Provides assessments, counseling, case management,
           employment development services, HIV testing and basic health care,
           legal clinic, vocational training, job resources, resume and job preparation
           workshops, SSI assistance, and much more. For more information, see:

PATH Outreach
(323) 960-9168
connected with PATH Los Angeles
           Available Monday thru Friday; Street Outreach team Street Outreach Teams
           travel in vans and on foot to build relationships with people living on the
           streets to encourage them to use local services and resources. PATH Outreach
           focus areas are: Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Inglewood,
           Westchester and Los Angeles.

PATH West Los Angeles
(310) 996-0034
2346 Cotner Blvd., Los Angeles, 90064,

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SSG (Special Service for Groups)

The web site lists numerous organizations that specialize in providing services to diverse and multicultural communities such as Asian Pacific Islanders, African American, Hispanic, Youth, Aging Population, LGBT, etc.

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Travelers Assistance


Blessed Sacrament Church
(323) 460-6220 
6636 Selma Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028
Provides social services for families.

(323) 644-2283
340 N. Madison Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004
Offers intervention and counseling for adults and families.

Travelers Aid Society of Los Angeles (TASLA)

Provides assistance and support through counseling, education,
and other services to individuals and families in crisis
due to mobility, homelessness or other disruptive circumstances.

Able to provide immediate assistance to those without food,
shelter, or transportation as part of a case plan.

Assists stranded travelers return home or find a safe place to stay.

Assists travelers who have been robbed or find themselves homeless;
TASLA is located in major areas of Los Angeles
and works in conjunction with many organizations.
Their major administrative locations are:

TASLA: Administrative Office
(323) 644-3500
1507 Winona Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Provides health education and risk reduction programs.

(310) 646-2270
205 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045
On site Social Workers meet the needs of travelers and those in crisis

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Youth Referrals


Children of the Night
24-hour hot line (800) 551-1300
Shelter and outreach for sexually abused and exploited kids
(11-17 years old)

Covenant House Hotline
(800) 999-9999
Referrals for runaway and homeless youth
(15-22 years old)

Covenant House
(323) 461-3131
1325 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles:
Serves homeless and high/at risk youth
(18-24 years old)

Jeffrey D. Griffith Youth Center
(213) 461-8163
7051 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles:
Dinner, showers, case management, counseling
from 3:00p.m.-10:00p.m. every day.
(12-24 years old)

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Return to MCCLA Main Web Site
Toll Free: (866) 594-8844
Twin Towers has 6 centers within the Southern California Area, including
Los Alamitos, Orange, North Hollywood, Torrance, and West Hollywood


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