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Los Angeles short term housing assistance and homeless shelters.

Families and individuals across Los Angeles County can receive short term housing, placement into homeless shelters, and support services from dozens of non-profit organizations, charities, churches and outreach centers. While some agencies, transitional housing units or shelters focus on providing assistance for a certain type of situation, there are other centers across Los Angeles that provide services to individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and personal situations.

It doesn’t matter what has caused your hardship, the agencies may be able to help. Housing units are available for people who were just evicted or for families who need a place to stay while they dress the cause of their homelessness.

In addition to offering a place to stay, most low income or temporary housing units offer a wide range of services and case management to the needy. The organizations want to do whatever they can to help families get back on their feet. This can include ensuring clients obtain self-sufficiency, purse employment opportunities, and find permanent housing in Los Angeles.

So most of the homeless shelters will provide guidance and offer services to the needy. This can include counseling, meals, clothing, information on employment programs and advocacy. Many individuals who need housing also may require legal advice or access to basic health care, so referrals for these types of services will often be provided too. Some of the Los Angeles housing centers cater to single parents, battered women, or victims of domestic disputes. These locations will ensure that the individuals receive the advice, guidance, support, and legal referrals that they may need to overcome their crisis.

A.V. Domestic Violence Council
Lancaster, CA 93539,
(661) 945-3136
Runs a 24 hour domestic violence shelter and also facilitates weekly support groups.




AAA Pregnancy Crisis Center
Address: 10092 Chapman Ave., Suite 3 Garden Grove, CA 92840, Phone: (714) 537-1212
This location provides free pregnancy testing, 24 hour pregnancy counseling hotline, legal, financial, and medical referrals, and also individual shelter units and homes.

Agape House of Antelope Valley
Address: 44815 Fig Ave Suite 101 Lancaster, California 93534, primary phone number is (661) 949-1069

Location - 2737 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, 90026, dial (323) 454-4200

Angels Way Maternity
P.O. Box 70
Woodland Hills, CA 91365
Phone (818) 346-2229
This location is a Christian shelter for pregnant women in crisis. People who stay in this shelter/women may stay up to 2 months after delivery of their baby.

Apartment Rental Assistance
Housing location is 737 S Genesee Ave LA, California 90036, Phone: (323) 456-2500

Avalon City Park
Address: P.O. Box 1980 Avalon, CA 90704
In addition to a place to stay, offers emergency food, electric bill assistance, home delivered meals for seniors, job referrals, and showers.

Battered Women Support Group
Phone: (626) 967-0658
The center offers a short term, 45 day shelter for women and their children. They can also receive free legal referrals, restraining order clinic, help from support groups and community education. A 24 hour helpline and referrals for battered women is available too.





Battered Women's Hotline, Phone: (310) 392-8381

Beacon Light Mission
Primary address is 525 N. Broad Ave.
Wilmington, CA 90744
(310) 830-7063
Emergency homeless shelter for men. Meals, including holiday dinners, are served to men, women, and children who attend chapel services at the location.

1736 Family Crisis Center
2116 Arlington Ave. Los Angeles, California 90018, telephone (323) 737-3900
This location provides counseling, shelter, free food, clothing, and advocacy for runaway and homeless adolescents, battered women and their children.

Bell Shelter
Address: 5600 Rickenbacker Bell, California 90201, (323) 263-1206

Beyond Shelter
Primary address: 1200 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, California 90017. Main phone number (213) 252-0772
Both short term transitional housing and case management is provided.

Bible Tabernacle
1761 Washington Way
Venice, CA 90291
Main number - (310) 821-6116
Provides people with free hot meals, rehabilitation program, clothing, mailbox service, and shelter assistance.

Bilingual & Free Spirit Shelter
Los Angeles, CA
24/7 Hotline 1-800-548-2722
Runs a 24 hour domestic violence emergency shelter and transitional shelter.

Booth Memorial Center
Address: 2670 Griffin Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90031
Offers residential care for parenting teens and pregnant women. Infant and toddler daycare is located on site.

Casa Teresa
Shelter address: P.O. Box 429 Orange, CA 92856, call (714) 538-2185

Catholic Charities - This organization operates several housing centers, shelters, and meal sites in the region. Offers counseling as well as vouchers for paying for shelter, food, transportation. Long term self-sufficiency and employment assistance is offered from social workers.

  • 10505 Hawthorne Blvd. Inglewood, California 90304, (213) 251-3400
  • Main address: 8701 S. Vermont Los Angeles, California 90044
  • Location - 4322 San Fernando Road Glendale, CA 91204
  • Address: 3017 Tyler Ave. El Monte, California 91731
  • 4665 Willow Brook Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90029





Christian Outreach in Action
P.O. Box 2490 Long Beach, CA 90801, call (562) 432-1440 for hours
Regardless of religion, provides free emergency food, clothing, transportation, referrals, blankets, and transitional shelter. Hot meals are served as well.

Cold Weather Shelter
Address is San Gabriel, CA 91778, 548-6047

Community Service Ministry
Primary address: 333 W. Florence Ave. Inglewood, California 90301, dial (310)-330-8000
Provides shelter, emergency food, clothing, and transportation to the housing/shelter as well.

Compton Welfare Rights Organization
528 W. Almond Street Compton, California 90220
Homeless single women with children can receive shelter.

Covenant House
Call or stop by 325 N Western Ave
Hollywood, 90027
Phone: (323) 461-3131

El Monte
Shelter address: 2645 Lee, Ste 6 South El Monte, CA 91733
Distributes emergency food, lodging, bedding and clothing for people in need.

Elizabeth House
Address: P.O. Box 94077 Pasadena, California 91109, (626) 577-4434
Adult pregnant women and their children under five years old can receive crisis assistance, including food, shelter, counseling, and life skills assistance.

340 N. Madison Ave Los Angeles, 90004, Phone: (323) 644-2200

Familia Unida
545 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, California 90013
(323) 261-5565
Offers long term Christian housing and related services for Spanish speaking mothers and their children.

Family Together
Address: 1506 2nd Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90019
Offers a maximum of six-month transitional housing for single parents with children in the greater Los Angeles region.

FAP: Pomona Homeless Outreach
Address: 2040 North Garey Ave. Pomona, 92767, Phone: (909) 593-4796

Foothill Family Shelter
Address: 1501 W. 9th Street Upland, CA 91786, (909) 920-5568
Homeless families and people who were evicted can receive up to 90 days of housing/shelter.

Golden West
417 E. 5th Street
Los Angeles, 90013
Phone: (213) 229-9661

Good Shepherd Center
267 Belmont Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90026, Phone: (213) 235-1460
Short term transitional housing units are available for mothers and their children under age 12.

Harbor Interfaith Services
Main Address: 670 W. 9th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 831-0603
Provides individuals and low income families with emergency shelter, food, advocacy on public and government benefits, and job placement services.

Harbor Interfaith Services
Address: 670 W. Ninth St San Pedro, 90731, Phone: (310) 831-0603

Henderson Community Center
Address of transition housing units - 911 E. 25th St. Los Angeles, CA 90011, (213)748-2174
Women and their children ages 1 month to six years can access emergency housing.

His Nesting Place
Address: 350 East Market St. Long Beach, California 90805, (562) 984-5034
Provides Christ centered long- term maternity residence and free pregnancy testing.







Homeaid America
Main office - 2900 Bristol Street Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Temporary shelter for the homeless.

Hope Again
Address: P.O. Box 291487 Los Angeles, CA 90027, (323) 661-4004
A source for housing referrals. Other programs provide case management, employment assistance, free food and meals, and related support groups.

Hope In Action
Location of housing center is 2420 Pacific Coast Highway
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Distributes free food, battered women support programs, shelter referrals, and job training.

House of Ruth: LA
Address: P.O. Box 33288 Los Angeles, California 90033, phone number is (323) 266-4139
Single women and their children for up to eight months can use this homeless shelter.

Housing Authority of The City of LA: Section 8 Area Offices and Inspection Departments, (213) 252-2500. Click here for more information on CA section 8 housing vouchers.

Human Service Association
Address - 6800 E. Florence Ave. Bell Gardens, CA 90201

Address: 1305 Del Norte Rd. Camarillo, California 93010, (805) 485-6114
Homeless youth and families, abused children, and victims of domestic violence can receive housing, treatment, and counseling to deal with their crisis.

KJEJ Helping Hands
Address is 943 West 47th St.
Los Angeles, California 90017
The center a transitional housing for individuals, male or female. The agency will provide a clean yet spacious living environment for people to obtain the growth they would like to attain.

Jovenes, Inc.
Main office is at 1208 Pleasant Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Call 323-260-8035 for intake
Provides short term housing and shelter for single men ages 18-24 years for up to 90 days. Services include transportation, referrals, counseling, case management, hot meals, clothing, and immigration orientation.

LA Family Housing Corporation
Provides shelter and support for homeless families with children.

  • 207 N. Breed Street Los Angeles, CA 90033, (818) 982-4196
  • Address: 7843 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91605

Labor Community Services Food and Emergency program
Address: 2130 W. James Wood Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90006, (213) 985-2008
Services and assistance programs offer utility payments, food, and shelter.

Long Beach Rescue Mission
1335 Pacific Ave.
Long Beach, California 90813
(562) 591-1292
Substance abuse support is offered too.

Long Beach Villages at Cabrillo
Address: 2001 River Avenue Long Beach, Phone: (562) 388-7600

Los Angeles Mission
Address: P.O. Box 55900 Los Angeles, CA 90013, (323) 981-7057
A rescue mission site. Distributes to the homeless and needy many items, including clothing distribution, runs addiction programs, free meals, showers, transient housing, and holds religious services on site.

Los Angeles Mission
Center location is 303 E Fifth St Los Angeles, California 90013, dial (213) 629-1227 x305
Address: 311 Winston St. Los Angeles, 90013, Phone: (213) 629-1227

Marshal House
523 S. San Julian Street
Los Angeles, 90013
Phone: (213) 229-9685

Military Women In Need
Location is 10801 National Boulevard, #560 Los Angeles,  90064, Phone: (310) 441-9635

More Than Shelter Services
Address: 1000 Corporate Points Culver City, 90230, Phone: (310) 642-2072

Nancy Painter House
320 W Windsor Rd
Glendale, California
Phone number is  (818) 246-5586

Neighborhood Center
Address: 999 West Hope Blvd Pomona, 91768, Phone: (909) 620-7691

New Image Emergency Shelter
Address: 1301 W. 12th Street Long Beach, CA 90813, (562) 983-7289
Provides food, shelter, and referrals to transitional housing and apartments.

Ocean Park Community Center
Address: 1616 7th Street Santa Monica, CA 90401, dial (310) 393-4344
Provides outreach and services including assistance with food, clothing, showers, and shelter. Runs transitional housing for single adult homeless people.

Panama Hotel
Address: 403 E. 5th Street Los Angeles, 90013, telephone - (213) 229-9657

Para Los Ninos Family Resource Center
838 E. 6th Street
Los Angeles, California 90021
Provides family support, counseling, childcare, holiday baskets, after school programs, juvenile crime prevention, shelters, clothing, school items, and more.





Parents of Watts
Address: 10828 Lou Dillon Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90059, (323) 566-7556
This center offers individual and family counseling,  GED and ESL tutoring, emergency food, parent education and emergency shelter.

Address: 340 N. Madison Avenue Los Angeles, 90004, Phone: (323) 644-2213

Precious Life Shelter
P.O. Box 414
Los Alimos, CA 90720
Pregnant homeless women can get shelter, immediate necessities, and groceries or meals.

Ramona Gardens
The address of the shelter unit is 2850 Lancaster Ave. Los Angeles, California 90033

Rio Hondo Temporary Home
12300 4th Street Norwalk, CA 90650, main number is (562) 863-8805
Transitional shelter for homeless families. Other assistance includes food, case management, parenting education, mental health counseling, affordable child care, and referrals to California and public aid.

Rose Vista
Address: P.O. Box 66879 Mar Vista, California 90066

Safe Haven Family Shelter
Address of shelter is 2501 E. 113th Street, 90059, Phone: (323) 567-5224

Salvation Army - This is one of the nation’s and Los Angeles counties largest non-profit charity organizations. Offers financial assistance for expenses such as rent and utilities, as well as help for basic needs. Provides a variety of homeless shelters and housing services for individuals and families in need of help. Offers meals, food, and shelter. Other support includes free food vouchers, bus tokens, clothes, shoes, and referrals for other government programs and social services.

  • Primary address: 300 E. Angeleno Burbank, California 91502, (818) 845-7214
  • Address: 12000 E. Washington Blvd. Whittier, CA 90606, (562) 696-9562
  • 736 E. Compton Blvd. Compton, CA 90221, primary phone number (310) 639-0362
  • Address: 320 W. Windsor Rd. Glendale, CA 91204, (818) 246-5586
  • Salvation Army: Harbor Light Center, Address: 809 E. 5th Street Los Angeles, 90013, Phone: (213) 626-4786
    Korean Corp, 933 S. Hoover Street Los Angeles, CA 90006
  • Social service center address: 2158 Pacifc Ave. Long Beach, CA 90806, (562) 218-2355
  • Address: 1533 4th Street Santa Monica, California 90401, (310) 450-7235
  • Address: P.O. Box 954 Whittier, CA 90608, call (562) 698-8348
  • 900 West James M. Wood Boulvard Los Angeles, 90015, Phone: (213) 553-3253

San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health: The Harbour
Primary address: 5519 ELMER AVE. North Hollywood, CA 91601
This location has on site a 12 bed residential transitional facility serving homeless adults ages 18-59 years old who are living with mental illness.

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission
13422 Saticoy Street North Hollywood, California 91605, dial 785-4476
Emergency shelter, food, shower facilities, and healthy meals.

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission Branch of Rescue Mission Alliance
Address: 13422 Saticoy Street North Hollywood, 91605, Phone: (805) 487-1234 x5020

Santa Barbara Hospitality House
Phone number - (805) 962-6281

Santa Clarita Valley Emergency Shelter
Address: 26201 Golden Valley Road
Los Angeles, 91350
Main telephone: (661) 312-5845

Santa Clarita Valley Service Center
24271 San Fernando Road Newhall,
California 91321
Call (661) 259-9444 for information
A great source for free information and referrals, clothing, counseling, shelter, and emergency food.

Santa Fe Springs Transitional Living Center
Address: 12000 E Washington Blvd Whittier, 90606, Phone: (562) 945-2067

Shelter For the Homeless
Address: 15161 Jackson St. Midway City, CA 92655, (714) 897-3221
Emergency, transitional housing is available, along with resources to find long term, permanent solutions.

Shelter Partnership
523 W. 6th St., #616 Los Angeles,  90014, Phone: (213) 688-2188





Southern California Rescue Mission
Address: 9650 Firestone Blvd. Downey, CA 90241
Along with the shelter for LA County families, distributes meals, showers, clothing, personal hygiene items, job training programs, substance abuse support, and referrals.

Sova Food Pantry - Metro
Address: 7563 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90036
Provides 3-4 days worth of free groceries to eligible households. Other assistance can help address mental health services, housing assistance, and provides substance abuse treatment.

SRO Housing Corporation
Location - 354 S. Spring Street Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90013, (213) 229-9640
This organization both owns and operates residential hotels for low income and homeless families. Supports people across southern California.

St. Francis Center
Address: 1835 S. Hope Street Los Angeles, California 90015

St. Philomena Catholic Church
21900 S. Main Street
Carson, CA 90745
Main number is (310) 835-7161
Offers emergency food, shelter, referrals, furniture and clothing.

St. Robert's Center
Address: 211 Third Ave. Venice, Ca 90291

St. Vincents Cardinal Manning Center
Main center is at 231 Winston Street Los Angeles, CA 90013, (323) 224-6280
Focuses on single women, men, and parents with children. Provides referrals, showers, counseling, case management, and sack lunches to the needy.

Sunshine Mission
Address: 2600 S. Hoover Street Los Angeles, 90007, Phone: (213) 747-7419

Testimonial Community Love Center
5721 S. Western Ave. Los Angeles, California 90062, (323) 291-6753
Provides shelter for children under 12 years old and also single adult women.

The Midnight Mission
Main address - 396 S. Los Angeles St. Los Angeles, CA 90013, (213) 624-9258

Transitional Living Centers
Primary address: 650 Westminster Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-9380
This location is transitional shelter for single women with children, and includes boys up to age 12 and girls up to age 17 as well.

Travelers Aid Society
1301 W. 12th Street Long Beach, California 90813
Address: 1720 N. Gower Street Los Angeles, CA 90028
Eviction and homeless prevention services are offered from social workers. May also have food and shelter vouchers, and provide general transportation assistance.

Union Rescue Mission
545 S San Pedro St. Los Angeles, 90013, Call the charity at (213) 347-6300

Union Station Homeless Services
Address: 412 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, California 91105, Phone: (626) 240-4550
Provides medical treatment, food, shelter, clothing, and showers to people who are homeless.

US Veterans Initiative
Main address - 800 W. Sixth Street, Ste 1505 , 90017, Telephone: (213) 542-2600

Watts Labor Community Action
Address: 958 E. 108th Street Los Angeles, CA 90059, (323) 563-5664
Homeless services and resources to focus on them, including shelter, clothing and food.

Weingart Center Association
Address: 566 South San Pedro St Los Angeles, 90013, Telephone number - (213) 627-9000

West Los Angeles Veterans Administration: The Haven
11301 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, (310) 478-3711 x48761

Westwood Transitional Village
Location is 1401 S. Sepulveda
Los Angeles, California
Phone: (310) 477-9539

Whittier Hospitality House, Phone: (562) 698-8348





YWCA: North O.C.: Beyond Shelter
Main address: 215 E. Commonwealth, Ste F Fullerton, CA 92832, dial 871-4488
Provides up to 18 months in shelter for single women who were battered.

Zahn Memorial Center
832 W. James M. Wood Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90015

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