Los Angeles senior citizens assistance programs.

A number of assistance programs and resources can help seniors in Los Angeles County California. The services listed below are focused on meeting the sometimes unique needs that the elderly population and older adults may have. Most of these agencies also help older adults with a disability.

While these resources can help the older population in southern California, they are not the only options available. Senior citizens and the elderly can also apply for other government assistance or non-profit programs as well as cash loans. As most of those provide help to those that qualify, regardless of their age.

This is just a sampling of the services available. These particular groups and agencies may receive funding from the federal government Community Services Block Grant and that is a key driver of why they can help senior citizens.

The Armenian Relief Society
Address is 517 W. Glenoaks Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91202
(818) 500-1343
The non-profit offers advice, referrals, and case management services for senior citizens. Some of the services include translation, citizenship services, and ESL instruction. Other resources are for more established residents and can include transportation, home visits, information on government programs, legal assistance, free food & nutrition and affordable housing.

Eastmont Community Center has a few locations in the region. They include the following. Call a center at (323) 726-7998.

  • 701 S. Hoefner Ave. Los Angeles, California 90022
  • Rosewood Park location is at 5600 Harbor St. Commerce, CA 90040
  • Montebello City Park - 199 S. Taylor Ave. Montebello, California 90640

Low-income and working poor, predominantly Spanish – speaking residents of East Los Angeles can access the senior services from this agency.





Foothill Family Service
Main address - 118 South Oak Knoll Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Main phone - (626) 564-1613
Staff and volunteers provides low-income seniors with in-home case management and counseling.

Human Services Association - Call (562) 806-5400
Two offices offer comprehensive care management services. This aid is for functionally or cognitively impaired seniors and elderly county residents.

  • 6800 Florence Ave., Bell Gardens, CA 90201
  • Commerce Senior Center, 3555 Commerce Way Commerce, CA 90040

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles
Regardless of religion, they may offer counseling for older disabled adults. Services are also available for seniors, including information on government benefits such as Medicare, low income energy bill assistance or Medi-Cal. There may even be some low interest loan programs. The case management services can be provided as needed in Spanish and English.

  • 1140 N. La Brea West Hollywood, CA 90038, (323) 962-2005
  • 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90046, (323) 851-8202
  • Find more information on Jewish Association loans.

Little Tokyo Service Center can be reached at (213) 473-3030. They provide help from a few locations for disabled adults and low income seniors. The agency offers outreach, information, and referral services. Get information on food assistance, home delivered meals, medical care, and medications that can help meet the needs of the older population or disabled residents.

  • 231 E. 3rd St., Ste. G-106 Los Angeles, California 90013
  • 2000 W. 162nd Street Torrance, CA 90504
  • Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute 1964 W 162nd St. Gardena, CA 90247
  • Meadowlark Manor Senior Apartments 17150 S. Park Lane Gardena, CA 90247

Santa Anita Family Services
Fully integrated case management services are offered in Los Angeles County. This also includes individual, parent, and/or family counseling services for low-income adults. They run a domestic violence shelter, prevention and counseling services. Other resources include substance abuse prevention services, senior citizens and disabled respite care, kinship caregiver and home management services.

Some centers also offer programs for youth, so a senior member of the community can take advantage of those resources too for their family members. Examples include teen pregnancy counseling and information on medical care.

  • 319 S. Park Ave. Suite G, Pomona, California 91766, (909) 623-6530
  • 716 N. Citrus Ave. Covina, CA 91702, (626) 966-1755
  • 605 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016, call (626) 359-9358
  • 206 E. Las Tunas, #12 San Gabriel, CA 91776, phone (626) 308-1414




Southeast Area Social Service Funding Authority - (562) 946-2237
The non-profit may offer home chore services for low-income seniors or homebound that are not eligible for Medi-Cal. This assistance was intended to help them to live independent.

  • 10400 Pioneer Blvd., Ste. 9 Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
  • Pico Rivera Senior Center 9200 Mines Avenue Pico Rivera, California 90660

St. Joseph Center
Location is 204 Hampton Drive
Venice, California 90291
Main number - (310) 396-6468
Adults aged 60 can explore case management and adjunctive services. These resources can be called upon to help them maintain independent living.

Tierra Del Sol Foundation
9919 Sunland Blvd.
Sunland, CA 91040
(818) 352-1419
Employment, job search assistance, and related services are offered to disabled adults and senior citizens in Los Angeles County. Staff and social workers will develop innovative, accredited services that may be able to enable adults with developmental disabilities to realize their greatest human potential.

YWCA of San Gabriel
Address is 943 N. Grand Ave.
Covina, California 91724
(626) 294-9465
The charity organization provides urgent case management services for seniors and disabled adults in an emergency.

The main place to turn to for help would be the Los Angeles Department of Aging. The phone number is (213) 482-7252. They operate from over 15 sites in the region. Examples of assistance programs are as follows.

-Legal aid and services are available to assist income qualified seniors. Get help in dealing with a number of legal issues including filing for public benefits, housing related laws, resolution to landlord/tenant disputes, government benefits, powers of attorney, health law consumer protection, and nursing home law.

-In-Home Assistance can assist frail homeowners in maintaining independent living by helping with household tasks.

-The Paratransit program is a door to door transportation service for frail seniors that need assistance with accessing and utilizing transportation.





-Home Delivered Meals are offered in some parts of Los Angeles County. Volunteers or staff deliver one hot, nutritious low cost meal to home bound seniors five days a week.

-Information on compensation programs. This includes programs such as Medicare, food stamps/Cal-Fresh, and low income utility bill assistance. These and others are offered for senior citizens and the disabled in Los Angeles.

-General case management includes social services and assistance for health care needs. Work with a staff member to create a plan for your needs.

-Screening services and health education is available. This can help address basic medical or dental needs.

-Congregate Meals are available at dozens of sites, charities, Agency on Aging offices and churches.

-Transportation programs can help the elderly, disabled, and seniors in the city. Examples include the CityRide program.

As indicated, these are only a sample of resources available. Most of the other programs and resources available in California, nationally, and in the county can also help income qualified seniors in Los Angeles.


By Jon McNamara

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