Los Angeles County assistance programs.

Find how to get help with bills, including rent, utility, water, food, a mortgage and more in Los Angeles County. Financial assistance from the charities and non-profits below is combined with other support services, ranging from job placement to debt counseling, free budgeting advice, and even supplies such as clothing or gasoline vouchers for work. Or locate government assistance programs, free stuff such as school supplies, cars for work, or Christmas gifts.

Employment services LA Link

This program brings skilled individuals and businesses together to improve employment opportunities. Whether you're a business seeking staffing solutions or if you are an individual searching for a rewarding job opportunity and new career, the organization has the dedication, skills, and experience to help you meet your individual needs. Call the agency at (323) 730-6438.

Utility bill help SSC Reduction (Low Income Discount) and SRF Exemption

Los Angeles customers that qualify for the DWP Lifeline assistance and low rate will have their Sewer Service Charge (SSC) reduced and they will also have the Solid Resources Fee (SRF) eliminated. The SSC reduction is 31% of the first 18 hcf of a 2-month DWP bill or 31% of the first 9 hcf of a 1-month bill. Phone number 213 368-7100.

City of Los Angeles WorkSource Centers

WorkSource Centers were created to help connect job seekers with employers who are hiring. Services provided by these assistance programs include phone banks, job resource centers with job listings, fax machines, free internet access, employment workshops, training, and job referral information. For those individuals and job seekers who need more intensive services, vocational training, career counseling, on-the-job-training and experience, and other services are also available to those in need in Los Angeles. Dial (888) 226-6300 to find other work opportunities.




Emergency assistance

Catholic Charities helps people of all races and religions. They provides services and resources which include: financial assistance for paying rent or utility bills; job training or job search assistance; career development; fresh and healthy groceries; guidance in applying for state-sponsored health care; free diapers; transportation assistance; thrift stores; marriage & family therapy and general counseling; social support; and linkages to community resources and referrals to other government programs or charities and Section 8 housing counseling. (213) 251-3400. Two other Catholic Charity offices are in the San Juan Diego Center, and another location is at Catholic Charities Community Services of Long Beach.

In total, almost 25 Catholic Charity centers operate in southern California and Los Angeles. People of all races, religions, backgrounds, and cultures can look into emergency financial assistance for basic needs and bills. Click here for information, including phone numbers and details on how to apply.

Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels Charities Program provides emergency assistance. They can provide food aid to people in certain Los Angeles zip codes. In addition, they also offer financial assistance when funding is available and conditions are met. They can provide money for paying rent, utility and water bills, bus tokens, and other financial aid such as funds for paying for prescription drugs and work permits. The programs are targeted towards low income individuals. 213-680-5225.

The Salvation Army, which has locations throughout LA County including in Santa Monica and Huntington Park, offers numerous assistance programs. Programs offered include utility and rent assistance, and help for medications. 323-587-4221. Additional Salvation Army offices are also located in Compton, Whittier, South Central Los Angeles Office, and Lancaster California. Click here to learn more on the services offered.





Toberman Neighborhood Center (located in San Pedro in Los Angeles County phone 310-832-1145) runs programs including utility bill help, personal goods, holiday assistance, and emergency food.

St. Margarets Center (phone 310-392-8701) provides advocacy and counseling, food, rent and utility bill assistance to people who live in Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lennox and Westchester California.

Brownson House Community Center offers hotel vouchers, food, help for paying energy bills, and other aid. Dial 323-266-3130

Los Angeles City Housing Department (phone (866) 557-7368) is also a great place to call for information on various federal government and state of California financial assistance programs.

L A City Department of Water and Power - People who live in the city of Los Angeles may qualify for financial assistance with utility and water bills. 111 N. Hope St., Los Angeles, California 90012, phone (800) 342-5397.

Bienestar Human Services supports HIV/AIDs patients and their families, including the Spanish-speaking community. Testing, case/care management services and counseling is offered. Some of the specifics on the assistance includes advocacy for public aid benefits, details on loan programs for paying rental expenses, legal assistance, and information and referral for medical bill and dental aid. There are a few locations, including in Pomona. Call (909) 397-7660.

1736 Family Crisis Center supports the entire county. Case management, referrals, and information on social services is available. No direct financial aid is offered, however they can guide immigrants, the low income, Spanish speakers and others to assistance near them in Los Angeles. Call (310) 543-9910

West Hollywood Comprehensive Service Center is located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. The focus is on residents over the age of 55. They can receive support such as income tax filing information, free legal aid, meals, and food at senior centers. Case management staff assess the needs of frail seniors, arrange home delivered meals and provide more support, such as information on Medicaid. (323) 851-8202

Pomona Community Services - Brother Miguel Center can arrange for electric bill assistance for low income customers from Southern California Edison from the Energy Assistance Fund. There is also a program for paying natural gas bills. Telephone (909) 629-1322.

Sanctuary Of Hope focuses its services on teenagers and youth. Get help in applying for government benefits in California. Education services, credit counseling, tutoring, workforce development and more is available. Limited is the emergency transportation and free food assistance. Some funds may be offered for utility bill payments or security deposits. Los Angeles California, 90043. Telephone - (323) 786-2413.

Military Women in Need provides programs only for single widows of veterans and/or female military members and female veterans. Resources available include case/care management, electric and gas bill payment assistance, household goods, funds for paying rental costs or security deposit assistance, referrals, and other forms of temporary cash assistance. Clients can also get information on loan programs for emergency bills. 2355 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles California, 90064, (310) 684-3854.

Aid for AIDS Inc. - HIV and AIDs patients who are low income may be eligible for financial assistance and other support services. Get help with paying for expenses such as rent, move-in expenses, free food vouchers, transportation and utility bills too. 8235 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 200, West Hollywood, 90046. Call (323) 656-1107





CPAF, or the Center for the Pacific Asian Family, provides support to women and children. A priority is on survivors of domestic violence or single moms. The non-profit will offer emergency shelter, legal support, child care and much more. Continue with Center for the Pacific Asian Family.

Social Services and Cash - The county social services department runs a number of assistance programs for the low income. Low income families, the unemployed, seniors, and disabled can access resources to help them deal with their hardship. Receive cash assistance for bills, job finding services, help for paying for medical bills, and other emergency programs. Read more Los Angeles public assistance.

Arcadia Welfare and Thrift Shop - Low income, poverty, and those experiencing a crisis can apply for help. Access financial assistance including utility bill assistance, prescription drug assistance, and grants for rent assistance in very special circumstances. Clothes and an onsite thrift store are also run on site. There may also be funds for water bills if someone has a disconnect notice, or the homeless or single parents may receive free motel vouchers. They only support the immediate region. 323 N. First St., Arcadia, California 91006. Phone (626) 447-6864, or read assistance from Arcadia Welfare and Thrift Shop.

Oasis Community Center and Basis Needs - The Long Beach California region is served by its own Catholic Charity center. Services offered range from homeless prevention to food and meals. Clothing, shelter, and transition housing is offered for the very low income and people who were formerly homeless. More details.

Pomona Community Services - Offers energy bill grants for bills from Southern California Edison and the Gas Company through the Energy Assistance Fund (EAF) as well as Gas Assistance Fund (GAF) program. 248 E. Monterey Ave., Pomona, California 91767, (909) 629-0472

California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Inc. operates from multiple offices in the region. The centers can offer emergency utility bill payment services to individuals in the immediate community. The funds are intended to prevent disconnections. The CHCADA offices are at.

  • Eastlake Youth Center 2309 Daly Street Los Angeles, California 90031, call (323) 222-4591
  • San Gabriel Valley Center 11046 Valley Mall El Monte, CA 91731,  (626) 444-9000
  • Latino Family Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services Center 5801 E. Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90022, telephone number is (323) 722-4529
  • Community Assessment Services Center 9033 Washington Blvd Pico Rivera, California 90660, (562) 942-0625

Crossroads, Inc. - Call the organization for information on housing and food assistance. Other services include substance abuse counseling, support services and also case management for women who have been incarcerated. Call the Claremont California office at (909) 626-7847.

Jovenes, Inc. helps immigrants and homeless youth ages 18-24 in Los Angeles County. Assistance programs include skills development, education, free food, job training services, and counseling. (323) 260-8035

Mary Lind Recovery Centers offers adult education, can address health care needs, runs shelters, vocational guidance, and more. Address is 4445 Burns Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90029, (323) 664-8940

Legal help to stop an eviction - Firms such as the Center for Law and Justice, Eviction Defense Network, Neighborhood Legal Services and others assist tenants with a pay or quit or eviction notices. They also offer free assistance with illegal or unneeded evictions, unsafe apartments, and other housing matters. More on legal aid for tenants in Los Angeles.





Our Saviour Center administers temporary emergency motel/shelter program. Families that use this program will also get help in finding, and paying the rent/deposits on, permanent homes or apartments in southern California. The organization has referrals available in addition to the partnerships. 4368 Santa Anita Ave. El Monte, California 91731. Call (626) 579-2190 for information.

Senior citizen, elderly, retiree and older LA County residents can get assistance. The main agency focused on their needs is Community and Senior Services. All clients need to meet age requirements. Based on qualifications, there are services such as: Respite and homemaker assistance; Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy for navigating Medicare or private health insurance; Meals on Wheels; Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP); and so much more. Seeveral senior centers are in the county. More on help from Community and Senior Services.

Southeast Churches Service Center may also have emergency utility, heating, and cooling bill assistance to individuals for avoiding utility service disconnections. 2780 E. Gage Ave. Huntington Park, California 90255, call (323) 585-8254.

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California is a leading charity organization. While resources are limited, services are available to people of all religions.  The agency may have some or all of the following in Los Angeles County.

  • Addressing housing needs, including funds for rent, security deposits, and transitional housing.
  • Job placement and training services.
  • Food and holiday support is available from pantries in Los Angeles.
  • Emergency assistance for basic needs, clothing and utilities.
  • Several other programs are run. Find assistance from Southern California Lutheran Social Services.

Valley Oasis (Antelope Valley Domestic Violence Council) - Provides domestic violence shelter, prevention and counseling services. Funds for paying utility bill may be offered too. This Lancaster agency may also have other services including case management and help in creating individualized service plans. Telephone (661) 949-1916.

Jewish Free Loan Association of Los Angeles offers interest free loans and financing to a limited number of families in the county. The money issued can be used to pay for a number of emergency expenses and bills. Borrowers can use the loans to pay for their housing expenses such as rent or a security deposit. Other common uses of the JFLA funds can be for educational expenses, car repairs, or even medical bills. Read more Jewish Association of Los Angeles.

YWCA of San Gabriel Valley can provide emergency mortgage, rent, and other housing assistance. This is available for the disabled and senior citizens in Los Angeles County that meet program conditions. 943 N. Grand Ave. Covina, CA 91724. Call (626) 214-9465.

City Of Glendale - Apply for services include electricity and water connection/repair; electric and energy bill payment assistance for low income residents. 141 N. Glendale Ave., Glendale, 91206, (818) 548-3300

Long Beach Community Action Partnership - They offer both weatherization as well as aid from the federal government Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Referrals for food, housing, clothing, and other emergency assistance is available as well. 3012 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, 90807, (562) 264-3900. Click more details.

Poverty fighting programs from churches range from clinics to free financial help. No matter where the Los Angeles family came from, whether immigrants or citizens, a parish may help. There are services available in other languages too. Find help with electric bills, legal needs, dental clinics for the homeless, rent, and many other needs. Find how to get help from churches in Los Angeles.





Eviction prevention is offered as part of EAPE. This is only for very low income families, including CalWORKs participants that are on the path to self-sufficiency. There may be funds for utility bills, including water costs. Other Emergency Assistance to Prevent Eviction resources offered in Los Angeles County include mediation, cash grants, and support in dealing with a crisis, such as car repairs. More on EAPE Assistance to Prevent Eviction.

Burbank Temporary Aid Center - The not for profit center provides programs for Burbank California residents including emergency food, financial assistance, holiday assistance, and housing programs. 1304 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506, (818) 848-2822

Holiday programs, including free Christmas gifts and meals are provided by churches, charities, and non-profits. Assistance is available across all of Los Angeles County and they support thousands of children and senior citizens every year. In come cases the entire low income family may be able to benefit from Christmas programs. More on Los Angeles Christmas assistance.

Inland Valley Hope Partners - The programs run by the not for profit provide financial assistance and grants to people in need in the Inland Valley. The programs administered can provides rent payment assistance and electric bill payment assistance food, motel vouchers on a limited basis, and more aid, depending on funding. 904 E. California St., Ontario, California 91761. Dial (909) 391-4882, or read more.

Community Enhancement Services - Low-income people who live in central Los Angeles and surrounding areas can apply for emergency financial assistance for bills, debts, and a variety of expenses. 16743 Schoenborn St., North Hills, CA 91343. Call (818) 894-8121.

West Angeles Community Development Corporation - Apply for financial assistance and grants which may be offered for low-income people who live in South Central Los Angeles and immediate surrounding area. Services include utility bill assistance, rent help, and bus tokens. Landlord/tenant mediation services are also offered for housing issues, including evictions. 3045 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, 90016. Call (323) 733-8300

Glendora Welfare Association - The agency provides emergency financial assistance, free food and shelter to only Glendora California residents. Glendora, 91741, call (626) 857-1181

Inner City Law Center assists tenants in Los Angeles County. A wide range of programs are available, including free legal aid, eviction prevention, and even special programs such as the Shriver Project. Together these offer counseling, emergency grants for paying a portion of rent, and referrals. Lawyers from the center also help with applying for government benefits, such as SSDI disability, CalWORKS, and others. More on Inner City Law Center.

Volunteers of America in Los Angeles can direct low income families, the disabled, and homeless to rental assistance or low income housing. They operate Family Services as a form of counseling, help the disabled apply for any needed public aid, and also offer eviction prevention to veterans and maybe others from the county. Shelters and other aid is available as well. More on Volunteers of America  Los Angeles.

Special Service For Groups – Older adults can get advocacy, child care, emergency food, HIV/AIDS services, personal goods, holiday assistance, and other services. 605 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 600, Los Angeles, California 90015, phone (213) 553-1800

Community and Senior Centers serve as the local agency on aging offices. Assistance programs are for seniors and Los Angeles residents over the age of 55. Numerous services are available, with a focus on senior citizens that meet low income guidelines. Resources range from free home-delivered meals, legal aid, Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP), medications, housing, and employment programs. Much more is available. The main office is at 3175 West 6th Street, however there are centers around Los Angeles County. Call (800) 510- 2020, or click California agency aging programs.





L A County CSS - Florence/Firestone Service Center – The non-profit center provides financial services CalFresh, emergency food, and a wide variety of other services for older adults in the Florence/Firestone area. The center also houses and coordinates other assistance programs. 7807 S. Compton Ave., Los Angeles, 90001

St. Mary's Center offers various emergency assistance and case management services in Los Angeles. A food pantry and soup kitchen can feed the hungry. Housing programs include rent assistance and a motel voucher for the homeless or families facing imminent eviction. Other more basic needs such as clothing, diapers, and personal grooming supplies may be distributed. St. Mary's may also coordinate transportation services, including bus passes, for people in the greater Hollywood/downtown Los Angeles area. The main office is at 4665 Willow Brook Ave., Los Angeles CA, 90029. Dial (323) 662-4392 for intake.

The Community Action Board partners with Social Services and local non-profit to help the low income overcome poverty. They may have information on Homeless Services, Low Income Apartments, free food, SSI disability, state benefits such as CalFresh, and much more. They are also involved in job training through services such as GAIN and others. Families should call (866) 613-3777 for intake, or read more Los Angeles community action board.

Claremont Center offers several resources for the low income, poor, and unemployed who qualify. They include free emergency food for the communities of Chino, Claremont, Pomona, La Verne, Montclair, San Dimas, Diamond Bar and Walnut. This includes USDA food. Utility and rent assistance may be offered to residents of the Inland Valley region, depending on available grants. This is focused on families facing eviction or disconnection of their power. Vouchers and/or shelter may be available as well for the homeless, including single parents with children from the San Gabriel Valley and nearby regions. 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont California, 91711. Call (909) 621-2400

Clothing, school supplies, and household items - There are dozens of churches, charities, and social service agencies across Los Angeles County that provide low income families, seniors, and children with some basic essentials. The centers can provide clothing, free school notebooks or backpacks, personal hygiene items, and much more. Some of these items may be sold for a reduced price at a thrift store, and other centers provide them at no cost. Some clothing banks also provide special holiday gifts and Christmas programs for children and teenagers. Learn more Los Angeles clothing.

The Urban League assists the most vulnerable. Clients can take part in counseling services that can stop foreclosure or evictions. Employment resources are part of Career WorkSource Centers, and staff can help with resume review, offer free work clothing or provide use of computers. Other programs in Los Angeles include help for immigrants, GED testing, and small business loans and development. More on Urban League Los Angeles.

Disabled Resources Center Inc. –People with disabilities may get help. 2750 E. Spring St., Ste. 100, Long Beach, 90806, phone (562) 427-1000

The Hollywood California region is supported by My Friend Place. They mostly provide food, clothing, and basic needs. However there is a referral hotline that can direct homeless clients and those living in poverty to a rental programs and other financial aid. The phone number is (323) 908-0011 with the main center located at 5850 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

Human Services - The county offers dozens of assistance programs for the disabled, seniors, immigrants, and low income families. Some of them are specific to Los Angeles County, and others like CalFresh are available across the state of California. Regardless, these human service type programs can address housing issues, offer medical care, provide food, government benefits, affordable child care, and much more. Click Los Angeles County Human services.

AFL-CIO Community Services Department – Union members in Los Angeles County can get utility bill assistance as well as information and referral to other financial assistance programs, such as rent, housing, and mortgages. 2130 W. James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90006, (213) 985-2000

San Pedro region of Love Inc. - The church group supports the city and some nearby areas, such as Lomita and Harbor City. Programs include free clothing, possible car repairs, transportation for seniors, and food. Referrals are made to financial aid or other resources. Continue.





Chinatown Service Center – This human services organization offers advocacy, free or low cost legal services, family planning services, financial assistance, health services, mental health services, and WIA programs. 767 N. Hill St., Ste. 404, Los Angeles, California, 90012, dial (213) 808-1733

Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center – Seniors over 60 and disabled can apply for services. The programs adult day care, government benefits assistance, case management, congregate meals, legal counseling,  home rehabilitation/repair services, home delivered meals, mutual support groups, prescriptions, tax preparation information, telephone reassurance, a senior ride program, and transportation money. 22900 Market St., Santa Clarita, 91321, call (661) 255-1588

SSG Silver ((Formerly Older Adults Division (OAD)) helps older adults and caregivers. Assistance is available in all languages, including but not limited too, English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Hindi, and others.

Programs available from SSG include caregiver support as well as respite. There is also in-home Behavioral Health Services, which involves counseling and treatment for older adults ages 55. SSG also provides referrals for the the disabled and seniors/older adults to a variety of assistance programs. The address is 1730 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90015. Dial (213) 553-1800.

L.A. Family Housing, or LAFH, offers many solutions to the homeless or people struggling to pay their rent each month. They offer transitional housing from resources such as Sydney M. Irmas as well as operate dozens of short term sites around the county. Guests will be offered free meals, guidance, and referrals to permanent, low income apartments.

The non-profits Housing Resource Center also provides self-sufficiency and guidance around budgeting, applying for government benefits such as section 8, and other support. All of this is done in an effort to prevent homelessness in the county, and find more on L.A. Family Housing assistance programs.

Child care programs - Individuals and families who are looking for free or affordable child care in Los Angeles, or grants to pay for these costs, have some resources available to them. The LA Centralized Eligibility List as well as the Department of Public Social Services have information on grant programs, they may be able to help people apply, or offer other services such as child development or job training. Continue with Los Angeles child care programs.

City Of Santa Fe Springs Neighborhood Center For Social Services – Residents over 50 can get assistance including legal counseling in the form of advice, help with tenant/landlord disputes and many other issues. In addition, financial help may be offered for utility bill assistance for customers of the Southern California Edison and the Gas Company. 55 Pioneer Blvd., Santa Fe Springs, California 90670, phone (562) 692-0261

Department of Aging and Disabled - This county and non-profit run agency provides help to both senior citizens as well as the disabled in the region. They offer a handy man service for minor home repairs, discounted phones and communication services, in home care, and free delivery of meals. Other help is for applying for SSI or medical care, and employment needs are met by the Senior Community Service Employment Program. More on City of Los Angeles Department of Aging.

Watts Labor Community Action Committee supports the city area, with a focus on South Central LA. They provide housing, shelter and support for single moms, and assistance to the disabled, among others. Some of their services include Shelter Plus Care Program, care for seniors as part of the Bernice Watkins Vision Complex, and transportation to interviews or medical appointments. WLCAC will also coordinate minor home repairs, and find more information on Watts Labor Community Action Committee.





St. Ferdinand Outreach Center – Apply for utility bill and electric assistance from the Gas Assistance Fund (GAF). 1040 Coronel St., San Fernando, 91340, dial (818) 365-3194

Long Beach Housing Authority – Offers information and help in applying for rent assistance and low income housing. A utility assistance program is offered too. 521 East 4th Ave., Long Beach, California 90802, dial (562) 570-6323

Short term housing, shelter, and referrals - Dozens of non-profit centers around Los Angeles County can provide short term housing to those who are on the verge of eviction or are who currently homeless. Case managers will also work with clients and help them gain self-sufficiency. This will include help with finding a new (or better) job, assistance with locating a permanent home or apartment, and social workers can also provide information on emergency rental assistance and security deposits. More details.

Harbor Interfaith Services, Inc. - Homeless families and those on verge of eviction in South Bay can get help in accessing permanent, stable housing through rental assistance, and financial coaching. An assistance program known as FISH offers job placement, referrals for housing, public benefits, medical services, one-time rental assistance, utility bill help and other social services. Resources are also available for senior citizens (medical care and food), and Christmas and Thanksgiving meals are offered. 670 W. Ninth Street, San Pedro, CA, 90731. Phone (310) 831-0603, or click more information Harbor Interfaith Service.

Programs focused on seniors are provided by several organizations across Los Angeles County. These agencies are committed to doing what they can to help older adults. Some of what may be offered includes home delivered meals, information on Medicare and prescription drug assistance, transportation home care, and more. An overall goal is to help the senior and their spouse so they can continue to live at home and access the services they need. More on senior programs in Los Angeles.

Water and sewer bills in Los Angeles - Seniors, low income families, and the disabled have several different assistance programs available to them. Apply for one or more of the following. Get help on your water bills from payment plans, monthly discounts, or installments. Read more.

Energy, utility and power bills - Several discount and financial assistance programs are available in Los Angeles for paying utility bills. The programs will either reduce the amount that a customer owes on their bills, or they will provide direct financial assistance. Find information on the Los Angeles County area electric bill assistance programs and resources. Click here.

BTS Thrift Boutique – The location may have furniture, Clothing and house wares. A thrift store is available too. (310) 204-4669.

Bikur Cholim/Medical Equipment Free Loan is a non-profit that loans out free medical equipment to patients of all ages at no cost to them. Call (323) 852-1900.

Women Helping Women provides clothing vouchers for those in the Los Angeles community who need support and assistance. Referrals may be available to financial assistance programs and regional non-profits. (877) 655-3807

Baby supplies - Non-profits and social service agencies offer everything from free diapers to clothing, cribs, car seats and maybe even formula. While the scope of the programs in Los Angeles are limited, and restrictions are in place, diapers and other items may be offered for families or single moms. Find details.

Society of Saint Vincent De Paul, it parishes and volunteers can help the needy. The charity and its churches will help meet basic needs and also provide social services. While financial aid is limited, the organization does work to prevent homelessness in the county. Other resources offered can include shelter, assistance for those facing eviction, and hot meals or lunches. There are several dozens charity agencies in the region that may be able to offer help. Read more.

Global Kindness, (310) 402-8882, distributes free clothing, house ware, electronics, toys, and more at no cost to the needy.

LA Council Thrift Shops – Thrift store for clothing, furniture and house wares. (800) 400-6259

Second Chance Furniture is a non-profit that provides gently used appliances and furniture to families in need at no cost. Telephone - (323) 851-1000

Food pantries and distribution centers

While some of these agencies and non-profits above may provide food to people in need, there are many other non-profits to turn to for groceries or meals. Residents can find a listing of Los Angeles food banks and pantries. These locations strictly focus on food, groceries, and other forms of aid to those in need. Or call one of the locations below.

  • Center for the Empowerment, 5500 S. Hoover Street, Los Angeles, California 90037, 310.289.7904
  • Door of Hope Community Center. Call 323.262.2777. May have free clothing, baby formula, CalFresh food stamp applications and more.
  • Helping In Services, Inc., 1535 Gundry Ave, Long Beach, California 90813, 562.591.8778
  • Our Lady of Talpa Church, 427 S. Evergreen Ave., Los Angeles, California 90033, 323.268.7731
  • Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, 1180 North Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, dial 626.798.9163. May have meals, holiday assistance, guidance, and referrals.
  • Vallejo Drive S.D.A Church, 311-B Vallejo Drive, Glendale, CA, telephone 818.409.8056
  • Visions Community Outreach is located at 2300 S. Griffith Ave. Phone 323.298.1782

Los Angeles programs and agencies that are available to all California residents

The state of California has other programs and agencies in addition to those that are listed on this page. Get help with paying rent, utility bills, foreclosure prevention, and other financial support.





Rent assistance programs and eviction prevention

People Assisting The Homeless (PATH), is a non-profit agency that assists people facing an eviction as well as the homeless population in the city of Los Angeles. The non-profit organization provides rental assistance as well as grants from the Rapid Re-housing Assistance Program derived from the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing. They try to help individuals who are still bringing in some income, as it is not a charity program. PATH will keep or place them in an apartment, pay their security deposits, first month's rent or up to 18 months worth of rent, provide money for utilities, and a case manager follows them for half a year. (323) 644-2200.

Affordable housing can be provided by the HomeShare program. This will place someone seeking a new home or apartment to live in with an individual who needs a roommate. They will share expenses. However, what makes this program different is that if the person seeking a home can’t split the rent, they may receive a reduction in their monthly payment by providing other services such as housekeeping, performing the shopping, or preparing meals. Learn more.

Several other non-profits, government agencies and charities offer emergency help. It can include security deposit assistance, advice on locating a new low income apartment, and one time payments for back rent. In addition to the options above, find a much more extensive listing of agencies that offer rent assistance in Los Angeles California.

Free health care in LA

South Bay Family Health Care (SBFHC) is one of the top health care clinics in Los Angeles County. They offer high-quality health care, which is free or discounted, to lower income or people with no health insurance in Los Angeles County. (310) 802-6170.

Los Angeles County families often struggling to pay off existing medical debts, whether to a hospital or doctor. Or residents seek a comprehensive listing of resources that offer medications, healthcare, and more.  There are counseling agencies in the county that can assist consumers with their bills, including ClearPoint (phone (323) 725-1075) as well as numerous resources for families in poverty. Find agencies that help with medical bills.

Dozens of other non-profit health and dental care community clinics operate across the county as well and offer free services to the low income and uninsured. Read Los Angeles clinics.

Los Angeles Salvation Army

Residents of LA can receive a variety of assistance from the Salvation Army Family Services Department, which has been providing aid to the Los Angeles region for over 50 years. The goal of the programs offered by the Salvation Army is to give individuals and families resources that will help them increase their income levels and also transition into stable housing.

A main offering is Family Services, which can provide help to people in a crisis. Specifically, programs offered by Family Services, as indicated on their website,  include.

  • Family Services Department, offers to the low income, among other programs, lodging, emergency food, clothing, rental assistance, and transportation. Some seasonal programs are run too, including utility and electric payment assistance, holiday baskets (including Easter and Mother’s Day), Christmas toy and meal distributions, Mother's Day baskets, back to school supplies, job fairs, Angel Tree, and Adopt-A-Family.
  • Health and Medical Care – An on-site dental clinic is in Oxnard, and mobile medical clinics operate in Bell and Westwood.

Locations are in Anaheim, Coastal Area, Hollywood, Long Beach, Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, Torrance, Ventura, Whittier. Dial (213) 896-9155

Help from Family Source Centers

The City of Los Angeles has announced that twenty-one Family Source Centers are now open throughout the city and they are currently serving their local communities. These centers offer residents a variety of services and resources. They were created to be remarkable one-stop shops that provide free advice, counseling and they will help connect struggling Los Angelenos directly to the government programs and services that are available to them.





When a family or individual visits one of these Family Source Centers, the person will be asked to fill out a single form, which is called the One-E-App, that upon completion will detail their eligibility for a variety of programs. Some of what is offered at these centers includes: Low Cost Auto Liability Insurance, healthy families, tax preparation, the Earned Income Tax Credit Program, food stamps, or financial and debt counseling. FSC locations may also provide information on credit card hardship programs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the City's own workforce development programs, and Cash for College. Dial (323) 265-1393, or locate FamilySource Centers.

Mortgage assistance in Los Angeles

Several different non-profits and government agencies provide help to homeowners. You can receive free foreclosure counseling, modification, and information on foreclosure prevention solutions. One of the main agencies is Freddie Mae. Read more.

Also, find how to get free or low cost foreclosure assistance and help for mortgage payments in the Los Angeles County area. Read more on Los Angeles foreclosure prevention.

Assistance in Diamond Bar California and eastern LA County

If you are one of the thousands of residents who is struggling in this weak economy, there are local churches that may be able to help. Each will to offer financial assistance to parishioners when they have enough funding, and the money may be for paying for housing, gasoline vouchers, electric bills, and more. Depending on the church, whether St. Vincent or Catholic Charities, they have nonperishable food available to anyone who seeks help with that. Or try the Inland Valley Council Of Churches at 1753 N. Park Ave., Pomona, California 91768. Phone (909) 622-3806.

There may also be Winter Shelter programs fop the homeless and working poor. They provide food for the night to the clients in eastern Los Angeles County. The church does have items such as free towels, underwear, socks, warm clothing, blankets during Winter Shelter program months (December 1- March 15). The fact is that with this economy, many families are struggling to make it from day to day, so they assist whenever they can. Find other ways that churches may help. Read more.

Programs for cancer patients

The Beckstrand Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides Orange County cancer patients with grants and funds so they can pay their everyday bills. The foundation will offer patients various forms of financial assistance if they need help paying for day-to-day expenses.

Financial assistance may help people pay for expenses like food, rent, utilities, mortgage payments, transportation costs, medical and hospital bills. This will enable people who have been diagnosed with cancer  to focus on recovery and treatment. Click here to find other ways to get help with bills that may result from cancer.

They can refer people to other programs as well. The Foundation may help Orange County families or individuals with subsidizing health insurance bills or high medical copayments. The group can also help with applications to government programs such as Medical, SSI and other assistance programs to ensure people get all the support they need.

Another non-profit known as UCANN, or United Cancer Advocacy Action Network, administer financial assistance, counseling, referrals, and other support for cancer patients in Los Angeles and the southern California region. The organization can provide gasoline vouchers, referrals, dental treatment, and more to patients. The agency continues to grow and the types and number of programs offered will continue to increase. Continue more information.

Rent help from LA County’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP)

This program is funded by the federal government but it is administered by non-profits. It provides rent help, utility or water bill assistance, money for paying security deposits, free legal aid, and other eviction prevention resources. Individuals and families of all ages, races, and religions may be eligible for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP).





The funds are for tenants that are facing eviction, or if the person is currently homeless due to a financial hardship. The government HPRP program is an assistance program that offers housing help for people with temporary financial difficulties, such as a job loss, unexpected car repair or medical emergency. If you are one of the millions of people who has fallen on some hard times, the County of Los Angeles wants to help you stay in your home or apartment, or help you find a safe, good to live.

If you qualify for any form of financial help, the HPRP could help you pay for back rent, offer ongoing rental assistance, or some money for security deposits. There may also be grants to you pay your past due gas and electric bills and fees to turn on your utilities back on. You can call (800) 973-3370, or more Los Angeles County homeless prevention and rehousing.


By Jon McNamara

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