There are many homeless services in the Los Angeles region, including shelters of all types, bathing facilities, and mail facilities. And, if you want to help, there are also volunteer opportunities available.
The Our House Family Temporary Housing Program serves children and their parents, as well as single women. The program’s goal is to move families and single women from homelessness into safe, stable and affordable housing.
The program includes room and board plus the following supportive services:
Mandatory Case Management Services
Housing Outreach and Assistance
Life Skills Training
Referrals to and Assistance Securing Mainstream Benefits
Tutoring for the Children
Emergency On-Site Child Care
No single men are permitted, however men with children are accepted.
Children must be 15 or under.
Maximum family size is 4 people.
Residents must be employable.
Cannot be a former resident of this shelter.
Those with substance abuse issues, severe mental illness, or a history of violent or criminal behavior generally cannot be accommodated, but may be considered on a case by case basis.
Must abide by all shelter rules.
Proof of identification, immunization records , and a TB test are required for admission to the shelter.
Los Angeles County
Volunteer Opportunities, Womens Shelters, Family Shelters
Provides shelter for homeless single men 18 years and older, who are in the Harbor area. The shelter cannot accommodate people who use wheelchairs. The maximum length of stay is usually 14 days. Former residents may return after a two month period. There are no geographic restrictions.
The shelter can accommodate 21 men in a dormitory-style setting. Bedding, linen, clothing, breakfast and dinner, and shower facilities are provided. Residents are required to adhere to the 6:45pm curfew and the 5:00am wake-up times, refrain from smoking or using alcohol or drugs, and attend chapel services nightly.
provides homeless support services for men and women age 18 and older who are in the Harbor area.
Bathing facilities, clothing, special library and temporary mailing address for homeless men and women. Mail is held for about one week and must be checked weekly.
Monday through Sunday, 24 hours per day. Intake: Monday through Friday, 9:00am.
Call to verify that space is available or walk in for service. People may come by at 9:00am, Monday through Friday, to put name on list but must return at 3:00pm when beds are issued, otherwise bed tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
Picture ID is required.
Los Angeles County
Mens Shelters, Mail Facilities, Bathing Facilities, Volunteer Opportunities
Provides short-term shelter for homeless men age 18 and older, including men who are undocumented. Services are targeted, but not restricted, to men who are in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles. The shelter cannot accept men who use wheelchairs, but will accept men who have physical disabilities who are able to climb stairs. The shelter cannot accept men who have severe mental disabilities. Men may stay for a maximum of 7 days. They may reapply for an additional stay after they have been out of the shelter for 7 or more days. Attendance at a bible study and a religious service is required for bed assignments. There are no geographic restrictions.
The 33-bed dormitory-style shelter is in a converted hotel. Bedding, linen and two meals per day are provided as well as breakfast and dinner.
The program also provides transitional shelter through the "Mighty Men" Christian Discipleship program. Initially, it is a 2 month program. The program is an intensive bible study program for men 18 years and older. Another 10 month program is open to men who successfully complete the initial program.
Bedding, linen, clothing and all meals are provided. Participants are required to attend daily religious classes and assist with chores in the mission.
Intake hours are Monday through Saturday, 8:30am; men line up as early as 6:00am to assure placement. Bed assignments are Monday through Saturday, 5:45pm to 7:00pm.
Line up during intake hours. The men who receive the first tickets on entry must stay for the meal and the religious service before the actual bed reservation ticket is given out.
An appointment for an intake interview is required for the "Mighty Men" program. Walk in or call for an appointment; men who have stayed in the emergency shelter can also apply for the program
The mission provides shelter for homeless, single men age 18 and older who are in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles. The program can accommodate 145 men per night. Chapel services, meals, clothing, and use of shower and shave facilities are included. There are no geographic restrictions.
Men sleep in a dormitory, adhere to the 5:00am wake-up time and 5:30pm check-in deadline, abide by the regulations that prohibit smoking and alcohol and drug use, and attend mandatory chapel services. They may stay a maximum of five nights and may extend their stay after that time is over; however, they are required to move beds every 15 days.
Men who are in the shelter program may enroll in the two-year residential program, the Urban Training Institute.
The Mission provides access to shower facilities and shaving utensils for homeless men. The mission also provides showers for women at Anne Douglas Center. In addition, pastoral counseling and chapel services are available for all residents of the Mission.
The Urban Training Institute component of the Mission provides adult basic education programs for homeless men and women who are residents in the program. Classes include ESL classes, GED preparation, literacy instruction, computer literacy and computer certification classes, basic subjects such as English and Mathematics. Academic classes are provided in cooperation with the LAUSD Belmont Adult School. The program also provides a vocational rehabilitation program that teaches job skills, workplace requirements, and mentored work experience within the Mission complex. The Career Development division prepares men for entry level positions and provides ongoing support to insure success as they enter the workforce.
Intake hours for shelter are Monday through Saturday at 4:30pm.
Shower hours are Monday through Saturday at 12:30pm.
Men line up at the shelter prior to intake hours. Some form of ID is required. Participants must be able to climb four flights of stairs and sleep on the top bunk, if necessary.
Tickets to use shower facilities for men are available Monday through Saturday at 10:30am on a first-come, first-served basis;
Some form of identification is required for the shelter.
No identification is necessary for the showers.
Los Angeles County
Mens Shelters, Bathing Facilities, Volunteer Opportunities
The Bridge Transitional Housing program in partnership with Chrysalis provides free temporary housing for up to 90 days to individuals who are employed and have a “Section 8” housing voucher and in need of temporary housing. The program consists of 35 beds total for adult men and women, meals and showers as well as supportive services to those in the program.
Currently there is only a 2.7% vacancy rate in the apartment inventory and with steep rental prices it is extremely difficult to move qualified people into permanent housing. Those who qualify for a “Section 8” voucher sometimes have to wait months for an apartment to open up.
The goal is to provide transitional housing to men and women who are employed but are homeless with a permanent housing voucher and who need up to 90 days to save funds that will be needed when they move into their permanent housing.
Must be employed and approved for section 8 housing.
Call for details.
Los Angeles County
Mens Shelters, Womens Shelters
Union Mission Homeless Shelter
545 S San Pedro St Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213) 347-6300
Provides shelter for single homeless men and women 18 years and older. The maximum length of stay in the emergency shelter is 30 nights for men, however, if they fail to show up one night, their bed will likely be given away. The program can accommodate up to 745 people; over 450 men and 190 single women beds are available in a dormitory-style settings. The program can also accommodate men in chairs in the chapel who may return as often as needed.
People may stay up to 15 days for free; at that time they may elect to join one of the Mission's Life Transformation case management programs or be referred to another shelter. Those who choose a case management program are charged a maximum of $7 a day for their bed, three meals a day, storage, life skills training and case management. A minimum of $2 of this fee is placed in a savings account for the participant that will be available for withdrawal when they leave the program. Parents with children are expected to save up to 50% of their funds received from government assistance. 100% of savings is returned upon withdrawal.
The mission also provieds a drop-in center for people in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles. Services are available during the lunch time schedule from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Services include laundry facilities, mail service, restrooms and shower facilities. The program may also assist with simple banking needs.
Intake hours for men are Monday through Sunday, 12:00pm. Men line up and beds are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Intake hours for single women are Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 6:30pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12:00pm to 6:30pm on a first-come, first-served basis.
Drop in shelter and shower facility hours are from 12 pm to 3 pm.
First Come, first served.
Los Angeles County
Volunteer Opportunities, Mens Shelters, Mail Facilities, Bathing Facilities
12128 Van Nuys Blvd Sylmar, CA 91342 (818) 890-3035
This transitional housing campus is for single women and children who are experiencing homelessness. Also provides supportive housing for senior women in the Sequoia Lodge.
Hope Gardens helps women transition from homelessness to independence within 12 to 36 months by offering long-term rehabilitation programs, services, and spiritual care.
Women and children have a safe place to live while they receive counseling, training, encouragement, and the real help they need to escape homelessness forever.
The Family Program is designed to help single mothers gain the skills, support, and necessary resources to recover from past trauma — while planning for the future and preparing to maintain permanent housing. They receive the following support and services:
Life skills education
Financial and job training
Educational and social support
Three daily meals
Access to medical and dental care
The Youth Development Program provides a supportive and empowering environment for children who live with their mothers at Hope Gardens. They receive the following support and services:
Social and character education
Planned recreational activities
Infants and preschool-aged children participate in onsite childcare and early childhood development programs.
The Senior Care Program offers affordable permanent housing for elderly ladies who have been devastated by homelessness — allowing them to live with dignity in their twilight years. They receive the following support and services:
A single-occupancy room with a personal bathroom
Three meals a day
Medical and legal referrals
Access to a library, computers, dining area, kitchen, sewing room, living/community room, atrium chapel, patio, and garden grounds.
The goal is to move every senior woman, mother, and child off the streets of Skid Row and into the safety of Hope Gardens Family Center.
Call for more details.
Los Angeles County
Womens Shelters, Single Mothers Shelters, Elderly Womens Shelters
The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission provides shelter for whole families in Los Angeles County at their Home Again facility. Anyone 18 years or younger are accepted and an adult must have full custody of minors. Men and teenagers are also allowed in the program if they are part of the family. The maximum length of stay for families is 90 days.
The mission can hold up to 90 people. Bedding, blankets, and two meals a day are included. No smoking, drinking, or drug use is allowed on the premises. Residents are required to save at least 80% of their income. Residents must be employed or become employed within 30 days of the intake.
There are also counseling and life skill classes. Once accepted, participants are invited for a one-on-one interview right before their admission into the mission. Admissions can only be made on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Field trips and special events are included.
Intake is Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4pm.
Families must be residents of California for at least one year; and no families with 6 or more members can be accepted.
People who have felony convictions or who are active substance abusers cannot be accepted.
Applicants and anyone in the family 14 years and older must pass a drug test upon intake.
Applicants cannot be actively fleeing a domestic violence situation.
Picture ID and proof of income for all adults.
Social security cards and negative TB tests results for all family members.
Negative drug test for family members 14 years and older upon intake.
Birth certificates for all children are required.
Los Angeles County
Volunteer Opportunities, Family Shelters
San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission Mobile Shower Unit
8756 Canby Ave Northridge, CA 91325 (818) 960-0404