Community Resources

This list is currently maintained by JD Sebastian, Founders MCCLA’s web manager. Please email JD if you have any additions, corrections, or questions at sebastian AT mccla DOT org.

Last Updated: May 29, 2013

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Tarzana Treatment Center
(800) 996-1051

The Tarzana Treatment Center offers integrated behavioral healthcare for teens and adults with locations in Tarzana, Reseda, Northridge, Long Beach, and Lancaster.

Twin Town Treatment Center
(866) 594-884

Twin Town Treatment Center offers addiction treatment for youth and young adults (ages 12-20) with no cost to the patient or family (eligibility requirements apply and patient must live in Los Angeles County).
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Domestic Violence Group for Deaf Women
Contact Ilene Miner, LCSW (Phone: (310) 740-7304, Email: ileneminer AT gmail DOT com)

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.

L.A. Gay and Lesbian CenterL.A. Gay and Lesbian Center: Domestic Violence
(323) 860-5806

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s STOP Domestic Violence services are provided by LGBT-domestic violence specialists, including certified domestic violence counselors and mental health professionals who have been trained in LGBT-domestic violence issues.

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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(323) 656-1107
8235 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste 200, West Hollywood 90046

Aid for AIDS provides financial assistance to persons with HIV/AIDS for rent, utilities and vitamin/pharmacy supplies.

Credit Counseling Solutions
(800) 750-2227

This organization helps people prevent and solve money management difficulties through debt repayment programs, one-on-one counseling and educational programs. Local offices are in Commerce and Glendale.

Dept. of Public Social Services (DPSS)
Central help line: (877) 481-1044
Local office: 11110 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 481-4018, 4019, 5314

DPSS assists individuals with programs including General Relief (Welfare), Medi-Cal, Food Stamps, and Calworks
(aid to families with children under 19).

Home Energy Assistance Program
866) 675-6623

This program assists California low-income households with the cost of electricity. California residents must meet eligibility requirements and income guidelines as well as be responsible for energy costs in the designated residence.

Jewish Free Loan Association
(323) 761-8830
6505 Wilshire Blvd., #715, Los Angeles 90048

The Jewish Free Loan Association 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.

The Paul Gronberg Benevolence Fund
(323) 669-3434
Founders Metropolitan Community Church Los Angeles: 4607 Prospect Ave., Los Angeles 90027

Provides financial assistance for paying rent, utilities, groceries, etc. for members and friends of Founders MCCLA. Restrictions apply and a brief application process is required.

Serra Project
(626) 403-4222
1245 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91106-5165

Assists individuals or family members living with HIV/AIDS to obtain financial assistance to pay rent, mortgage, and 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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We are offering a hot, nutritious lunch for seniors (age 60+) Monday through Friday from 11:00am – 12:00pm at our Triangle Square facility located at 1602 N. Ivar Avenue. (Please enter through the side entrance and follow the signs marked “Senior Nutrition Program.”)  There is no income requirement to participate. Meals are provided for a $1.75 donation per meal – no one will be turned away due to their inability to pay. Please contact the offices of GLEH at 323-957-7200 with any questions or for more information.

Hope Net Food Program
Provides emergency groceries for low-income neighbors in the Wilshire Center or 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 and also contains a list of locations where hot meals are served (under the Get Help menu).

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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211 Los Angeles County
Phone: 211

211 LA County provides free, confidential services, connecting people to a variety of social services. The website offers the option to search for services within the categories of:

  • Basic Needs
  • Consumer Services
  • Criminal Justice and Legal Services
  • Education
  • Environment and Public Health/Safety
  • Health Care
  • Income Support and Employment
  • Individual and Family Life
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • Organizational/Community/International Services

Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English and Spanish, and additional languages via interpretation.


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HEALTH RESOURCES: What you need to know & Addiction Treatment and Your Health CoverageWe believed that this was an important topic to cover because while addiction affects nearly 24 million people over the age of 12, only 11.2% of those individuals receive treatment from a private facility (SAMHSA, 2009). A likely reason attributed to that low percentage is that it’s not uncommon for private recovery facilities to cost in the tens of thousands of dollars.Our resource provides information on your healthcare rights when it comes to addiction treatment and how changes with the Affordable Care Act have changed insurance coverage. Feel free to include a link to the resource on your site. If you have any feedback, I’d love to hear it as we’re always trying to improve our work.

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

This pdf guide contains information on many free and low cost health care services/programs for Los Angeles County residents. There are health programs to cover people in a variety of situations. The guide is divided into separate color-coded categories (adults, seniors and people with disabilities, immigrants, pregnant women, children, etc) to make it easier to find health programs/services you may be eligible for.

Free or low Cost Clinics in Los Angeles County

The UCLA Center for Research, Education, Training, and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities maintains these lists of free or low cost clinics in Los Angeles County, organized by area. Entries include contact information, languages spoken, and hours.

Los Angeles Metro

San Fernando Valley

San Gabriel Valley

West LA County

East LA County

South LA County

South Bay 

The National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC) 

NAFC is the only nonprofit 501c(3) 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:

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

The clinic offers medical care, mental health service, case management (including showers for homeless clients), health education, and dental care. The clinic is free for many clients but now charges those who do not qualify for free care on a sliding scale.

Queens Care

Queens Care is a faith-based organization that 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 clinic near you, click this link:

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

APLA offers a variety of services for people living with HIV/AIDS. There are locations in Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, and West Hollywood.

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

Bienester enhances the health and wellbeing of the Latino community. Culturally and linguistically appropriate programs are available for recently diagnosed HIV+ individuals, gay and bisexual men, Latina transgender women, youth (14-24), substance users, as well as social justice and public affairs.

L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
1625 N. Schrader Blvd., Los Angeles, 90028
(323) 993-7400

The L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center offers preventative health services and health education, HIV testing and medical care, STD testing and treatment, lesbian health services, transgender health services,  mental health services, meth recovery services, and a pharmacy.

L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Positive Images
(323) 860-7321

Positive Images offers discussion groups and individual counseling for HIV+ men to talk about life, staying healthy, and being sex-positive.

Minority AIDS Project (MAP)
Carl Bean Center
5149 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, 90016
(323) 936-4949

Dignity Center
4714 Mascot St. Los Angeles, 90019
(323) 525-1133

Minority AIDS Project offers education and services to promote health and prevent disease.  While programs and services are available to all, MAP focuses on African American and Latino communities in Central and South Central Los Angeles.

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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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Free Counseling Talk-line for Women
(323) 655-3807, (877) 655-3807 (Toll Free)
National Council of Jewish Women of Los Angeles

Gay & Lesbian Center
1625 Schrader Blvd., Los Angeles
mentalhealth AT lagaycenter DOT org

The Gay and Lesbian Center offers affordable individual therapy for those struggling with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, HIV, substance use, and domestic violence. They also offer therapy groups for those struggling with anger management, crystal meth and substance abuse, domestic violence, HIV Over 50, sex and intimacy, sexual compulsivity, and transgender issues.

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

The clinic offers medical care, mental health service, case management (including showers for homeless clients), health education, and dental care. The clinic is free for many clients but now charges those who do not qualify for free care on a sliding scale.

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

Survivors After Suicide
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
(310) 895-2326

The Survivors After Suicide program offers eight-week support groups and ongoing support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Groups are available in Culver City, Burbank, Redondo Beach, and San Gabriel.

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
(310) 390-8896 M-F 8:30-5 pm

This group offers a variety of mental health services at eleven centers in Los Angeles, Culver City, Inglewood, Glendale, Santa Ana, and Pacoima. Services include support groups for caregivers of people with dementia, suicide prevention, and crisis residential care and drop-in centers offering support to adults with severe mental illness.

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

Women Helping Women Services is dedicated to empowering women of all backgrounds. To reach this goal they offer a free talkline, individual and family counseling, support groups, case management, and an annual free clothing giveaway and clothing voucher program.

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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

This website strives to be a resource for recovering alcoholics and substance abusers. The sites’ expert, Dirk Hanson is a freelance science writer and blogger covering neuroscience, drugs, and addiction. He writes and edits Addiction Inbox, a blog devoted to the coverage of health studies about drugs, addiction and alcoholism.

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/AIDSor 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 jkirby AT bhs-inc DOT org.

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.

L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
(323) 993-7448 and (323) 993-7400

McIntyre House
(Phone) 323-662-0855; (Fax) 323-662-0842; e-mail: info AT mcintyrehouse DOT org
A Non-Profit Residential Substance Abuse Recovery Program for Men.
McIntyre House offers a unique rehabilitative experience for men seeking recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. Set in a safe, stable, and supportive home-like environment, McIntyre House is committed to providing each client with the very best opportunity for building a sold foundation for recovery.

Sierra Place, A Place Like Home, provides “Drug Free Living for Women”

For more information, contact John Watkins, Executive Director: (626) 482-6574

Sierra Place, located in Pasadena, provides the best opportunity for women to recover from the disease of alcoholism and/or drug addiction while learning a new way to live through the application of the 12 step process, in a supportive, therapeutic and healing environment.

Sierra Place, A Place Like Home, 1215 Sierra Bonita Ave. Pasadena CA 91104

Twin Towers Treatment Centers

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

U-Care, We-Care Ivy House
Sober living for Transgender folk
12204 Via Santa Lucia Private Drive Sylmar, 91342
(818) 367-8783; contact name: Armando Williams.

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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New Image Emergency Shelters
New Image Emergency Shelter for the Homeless (New Image) was incorporated in March. The MISSION of New Image is to: (1) decrease and (2) prevent homelessness throughout Los Angeles County by providing comprehensive Case Management and Supportive Services, housing, job search and placement, outreach, and referral services.
With 4 locations in the Los Angeles and Long Beach Area:
3804 Broadway Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90037
(323) 231-1711

8720 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90003
(323) 751-9446

401 E Ocean Blvd Ste 705, Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 983-7289

1301 W 12th St, Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 733-0497

Winter Shelter Program

Selected community non-profit homeless service providers will provide temporary nightly shelter to homeless persons in Los Angeles County. Most Shelters open at approximately 5PM and will be operating through March 2010

Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC)
main office is located at 5020 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90029
Phone: (323) 469-0710 Fax: (323) 469-1899 Email: info AT hollywoodhousing DOT org

Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, a community-based non-profit corporation, preserves and expands the supply of affordable housing for lower-income households, first in Hollywood and extending to nearby underserved communities of Los Angeles. Through its housing development, economic development and neighborhood improvement initiatives, HCHC improves the quality of life for lower-income households and fosters social advancement; respecting and preserving the history, culture and architecture of the communities we serve. Hollywood Community Housing Corporation creates homes for many different kinds of households: Disadvantaged Families, Homeless Households, People with HIV/AIDS, Disabled, Senior Citizens.

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA)
Main Offices: 2600 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057 213-252-2500
General Services: 213-252-1832
Section 8 Administration: 213-252-2570
Public Housing Program Administration Office: 213-252-1820
Public Housing Application Center: 515 S. Columbia Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90017 213-353-1000

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) is a state-chartered public agency. It provides the largest stock of affordable housing in Los Angeles and is one of the nation’s leading public housing authorities. It is also one of the oldest, providing quality housing options and supportive services to the citizens of Los Angeles since 1938. The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles offers special programs such as: The Family Self-Sufficiency Program, Section 8 Homeless Program, Homeownership Program, Housing Opportunities for People living with HIV/AIDS.

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,

The West Hollywood Residential Rental Referral List
The listing of residential units provided to the Department of Rent Stabilization by the owners or their representatives is a listing of available apartments for rent. As a service to its constituents, the Department is making the list available to tenants seeking rental units. Neither the department nor the city of west Hollywood makes any representation whatsoever about the units, including their condition, status and the terms of any rental agreement. Tenants interested in renting these units should conduct their own inquiries and investigations before entering into a rental agreement. The listing can be viewed at: (Adobe Acrobat PDF file reader is needed to access the file)

Alternative Living for the Aging
and roommate matching for people of various ages

Since 1979 Alternative Living for the Aging (ALA) has been helping people of all ages find safe, affordable housing alternatives. ALA operates several affordable Cooperative Apartment Communities where low-income older adults form a new extended family and help one another with the tasks of daily living — remaining independent through their interdependence. ALA manages an open waiting list for each of our five Cooperative Apartment Communities. Monthly rent varies at each property and ranges from $495-$705.  ALA also provides a free Roommate Matching Service to the public — facilitating matching seniors with other seniors, mid-age, and younger people 18+ so that they may have affordable housing, companionship, a sense of safety, and the ability to make ends meet.

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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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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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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)

Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling & Community Center
3435 West Temple Street, Los Angeles

Colors offers a safe and confidential space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or label-free youth and allies. Individual, couples, family, and group counseling are free for LGBTQ youth 24 and under.

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