Los Angeles Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Catholic Charities operates community centers across Los Angeles California. The organization is committed to helping the less fortunate, low income, and needy make it through a difficult period. The locations provide assistance to try to end the cycle of poverty. While the exact services offered by each Catholic Charity center in Los Angeles County will vary, in general they offer rent help, food, clothing, utility bill assistance, and much more.

Social services and self-sufficiency programs offered include English as a Second Language; Child Abuse Prevention; Financial Literacy; Job Training; GED Preparation; Affordable Legal Assistance; Tutoring; and Homeless Prevention.

Some services that are focused on food and medical needs include Medical Counseling and Referrals to Specialists; Nutrition, Food and Healthy Food Classes; Mental Health Treatment and Referrals.

If Catholic Charities can’t meet your needs, they can often provide referrals. Contact them for information, including linkages to other sources of support, such as federal government and state of California assistance programs.




Short term emergency assistance can be provided by some centers, if a family meets qualifications and if resources are available. This can include financial assistance for paying utility or rent bills, diapers, fresh food and healthy groceries, transportation assistance, and support from state-sponsored health care programs. These short term services will help stabilize families and individuals across Los Angeles when they most need it most.

Long term case management and sufficiency is a key Catholic Charity service. Driving change, and addressing poverty, will help those who are in distress. Individuals will be able to work one-on-one with a social worker or case manager. Most community center and shelter clients can access these free case management services. Get help and guidance in meeting your short and long-term goals.





Providing food and meals is a major service that is offered by Catholic Charities in Los Angeles. During some years they will provide over 30,000 food services, meals, and boxes to the needy, low income, seniors, and others. Assistance provided will usually include prepared meals, bags of groceries, sack lunches and more to low income individuals. Find other information on food pantries near you, both in Los Angeles and nearby cities or counties.

The root causes of homelessness are addressed by the organization. Oftentimes unemployment, mental illness, a high cost of living, low income and/or lack of family support can lead to evictions and homelessness. Centers in Los Angeles and Long Beach California will try to address this issue. They may have referrals to rent or energy bill programs, but as far as direct financial aid from Catholic charity churches, that is rare. Social workers can provide job training and support, counseling, education, and other support to help people become self-sufficient.

Catholic Charities Senior programs – It is estimated that about one half seniors in California who live alone can’t pay their bills, and can’t provide for themselves. The agency can help facilitate social services and emergency assistance, including healthcare, food, financial assistance, and other community resources.

Examples of some of the programs offered include the Gatekeeper Project, which is based in Long Beach. This service will attempt to eliminate health disparities that affect the well-being of the elderly and older adults who are poor, isolated, and or who may be disabled. There are many other senior citizen Office on Aging programs in California as well.

The Gatekeeper program uses a network of trained volunteers and medical professionals to reach out to this underserved and low income senior population with free, non-medical services. Each senior who is enrolled as a client will receive a comprehensive individualized plan of action that includes one or more of the following. Receive utility assistance, grocery delivery, taxi vouchers, referrals to health and social services providers and case management services. The Catholic Charity Gatekeeper Project helps the elderly in Los Angeles County remain in their homes and enhances the quality of their lives through improved health and general well-being.

Older Adult Services and Intervention System (OASIS) helps hundreds of frail, low income elderly persons remain safe in their own homes. The program can provide financial support to the elderly to help them stay in their apartments, homes, or residence. It can also provide for the deliveries of daily necessities.




Immigration and refugee assistance is one of the main Catholic Charity services. The organization began providing this type of assistance during the 1940s, and has continued since then. Programs are structured to assist newly-arrived refugees and immigrants, help them learn English, navigate legal matters, obtain education, and help them train for jobs that will provide at least a living wage.

Also get support from case management, social services and a full range of employment services to help newcomers adjust to life in the US. As there are many Spanish speakers, Mexican, and Asian immigrants in the Los Angeles region. These various programs have a track record of helping immigrants and refugees transition and contribute to the greater California society. Read more immigrant assistance programs.

Catholic Charity centers in Los Angeles and southern California

Guadalupe Community Center, 21600 Hart Street, Canoga Park, California 91303, phone (818) 340-2050
Specific programs offered at this Catholic Charity center include poverty services, at-risk youth services, senior program, after-school tutoring, thrift store, OASIS senior services, nutrition classes, immigration and refugee services and Padres de Guadalupe – a forum for parents’ involvement.

Carpinteria Community Services, 941 Walnut Street, Carpinteria, CA 93013, Phone: (805) 684-8621
The location offers financial assistance for bills and rent, food pantry, case management and material services.

Oasis Community Center, 2045 San Gabriel Avenue, Carson, CA 90810, call (562) 480-2166
Services from this location are reserved for homeless and formerly homeless families with children. Resources include family life skills classes in parenting, financial literacy, communication, leadership and advocacy, and employment and job skills.

San Juan Diego Center, 4171 North Tyler Avenue, El Monte, CA 91731, (626) 575-7652
Call this location for information and referral. Access emergency services, including food, motel vouchers, and clothing. Financial assistance for utility, heating, and cooling bills may be provided. Other services include case management; baby diaper program; transportation assistance; and immigration and refugee services.

Glendale Community Center, 4322 San Fernando Road, Glendale, California 91204, call (818) 409-3080.
Various low income and poverty services are offered. In addition, call for case management, pre-school, immigration and citizenship services.

Community Outreach Services, 16009 Cypress Avenue, Irwindale, CA 91706, telephone (626) 338-5057
Offers emergency food and groceries.





St. Margaret’s Center, 10217 Inglewood Ave., Lennox, CA 90304, (310) 672-2208
Low income families can get help from emergency food and shelter, sack lunches, and social  services. Immigration and citizenship services and classes are held. Also improve your employment prospects from adult education classes.

Lompoc Community Services, 903 East Chestnut Avenue, Lompoc, CA 93436, call (805) 736-6226
Call for details on emergency financial assistance for basic needs such as housing, utilities and rent. Case management is also offered.

Lompoc Food Pantry, 903 East Chestnut Avenue, Lompoc, California 93436, dial (805) 737-4140

Long Beach Community Services Center, 123 East 14th Street, Long Beach, CA 90813, (562) 591-1351
One of the leading Catholic Charity Centers. The needy, seniors, and people who are struggling can look into receiving basic assistance with needs such as food, rent, shelter, utilities, clothing and transportation. Work with a staff member for case management, information and linkages to government programs and other non-profit community resources.

Los Angeles Brownson House is at 1307 Warren Street. Call (323) 264-8700 or (323) 264-8701.
Low-income families and homeless can receive help. Apply for emergency assistance for food and housing, including motel vouchers. Winter utilities’ bill assistance can be distributed. Parenting classes are offered, as well as a baby diaper program. A case manger will offer the Building Strong Families Program, which provides family advocacy, case management and life skills training. Transportation assistance may be provided too.

El Santo Niņo Community Center, 601 East 23rd Street, Los Angeles, California 90011, dial (213) 748-5246 for information
Offers ESL classes, L.A. Bridges, linkages to community resources, parenting classes, and immunization clinics. Job coaching and employment programs are offered.

St. Mary’s Center, 4665 Willow Brook Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90029, (323) 662-4391
Call this Catholic Charity center for motel vouchers, emergency food, utilities’ assistance, legal assistance, medical referrals, and case management.

Loaves & Fishes, 14640 Keswick Street, Van Nuys, CA 91405, main phone number (818) 997-0943
Provides community and poverty services to the working poor.





St. Robert’s Catholic Charities Center, 211 3rd Avenue, Venice, California 90291, (310) 392-8701
Case management is offered for those faced with eviction, homeless and low-income people. The Catholic Charity location also has an emergency food and shelter. Lunches and meals for homeless people and groceries for low-income families are offered.

Ventura Community Services Center, 303 North Ventura Avenue, Suite C, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 643-4694
Case management, financial assistance for emergency bills and needs and food pantries operate in Ventura, Saticoy and Cabrillo Village.

Mahar House Community Center, 1115 Mahar Avenue, Wilmington, California 90744, dial (310) 834-7265
Utility bill assistance and emergency food and groceries are offered. Other resources include GED preparation in Spanish, parenting, life skills, and financial literacy classes, and help with taxes, including Earned Income Tax Credit services.


By Jon McNamara

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