Check out the resources below. If they aren’t what you are looking for, ask at your clinic.
Housing for Health
Housing for Health is for homeless Health Services patients with complex medical and behavioral health conditions. Visit the Housing for Health website to find out about the various programs (for clients) and trainings (for providers) offered.
CES Access Centers are call-in or drop-in places where people experiencing homelessness can gain initial access to or continue contact with housing and supportive services available through LA CES. Safety precautions are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Access Centers provide:
- Referrals to Interim Housing programs for persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness
- Referrals to emergency services (domestic violence, emergency physical/mental health-care) and other supportive services (mental health, workforce development, etc.)
- Referrals to, or direct provision of, basic services such as food provision, storage, and hygiene services.
- LAHSA Shelter Hotline, available 24/7: (800) 548-6047
- LAHSA list of Interim Housing Sites (i.e. shelters)
Families with minor children
- Call 211
- Visit 211la.org
- LAHSA Shelter Hotline, available 24/7: (800) 548-6047
- Download the WIN App
Services for specific populations such as veterans, seniors, etc can be found at 211 or One degree
- LAHSA Homelessness Prevention Program
- Safe Parking LA provides people living in cars with a safe and legal place to park and sleep at night
- Domestic violence resources, including immediate shelter options
- Slavery or trafficking
- Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (Cast) 24-hour hotline: 888-KEY-2-FREE (888-539-2373)
- Cast website
- Legal help with housing, evictions, or tenant rights, Medical Legal Community Partnership for Health Services patients (818) 485-0575 and legal
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
The Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) department tracks performance and quality metrics across the health system and implements a range of quality and safety initiatives to ensure Health Services provides the highest level of quality care to its patients. Learn More
We are here to help you.We can connect you with community resources,such as food, housing and financial help.See below for links.
Are you having trouble getting unemployment benefits?Are you facing eviction?Click the legal link.
Are you feeling sad or worried?Do you need emotional support?Click the mental health link.
Los Angeles is a big county.If you don’t see what you need below, ask your clinic,visit here or call 211.
To get help on utility assistance, unemployment insurance and other needs,call 211 or (800) 339-6993 or visit here.
The Los Angeles County Mental Health Department provides emotional and mental health support.Call the 24/7 Help Line at (800) 854-7771 or Text the Crisis Line (“LA” to 741741) or visit here.
The Department of Public Health provides services for people struggling with alcohol or drugs.Call the Substance Abuse Service Helpline at (844) 804-7500.
Medical Legal Community Partnership can provide free legal help. Call (818) 485-0575 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have LA Care or Health Net you can ask for transportation to your appointments:
LA Care Patients with Medi-Cal: Call the Car (888)-839-9909
Health Net Patients with Medi-Cal: Logisticare (855)-253-6863
To find out if you’re eligible for transportation through Access, please call (800)-883-1295.
Access is a public transportation agency dedicated to providing quality transportation for people with disabilities in Los Angeles County. Eligibility for Access is based on your ability to use accessible buses and trains in Los Angeles County. Eligibility is not based solely on whether you have a disability.
Other Resources to help with transportation:
Health Services provides health care to everyone regardless of immigration status. Patients can receive primary care at Health Services clinics or My Health LA community clinics. Find a clinic by clicking here.
L.A. County also offers additional resources for immigrants and their families. Free legal help,for example, is available through the Medical Legal Community Partnership or the L.A. County Office of Immigrant Affairs. See below for more information about community organizations that can help immigrants with food, housing and more.
Health Services offers free legal services to help patients with evictions, access to public benefits, special education, domestic violence, immigration and more. See below for more information about the Medical Legal Community Partnership, or call your Health Services medical clinic for a referral.
Medical Legal Community Partnership-Los Angeles is a collaboration between the department and four local non-profit legal services organizations. The program serves low-income residents in Los Angeles County, helping patients with legal problems that affect their health.
The legal team works closely with the whole care team at the clinic. They have helped have eliminate patients’ debt, restored their Medi-Cal benefits and defended evictions. The lawyers also train clinic staff on topics such as immigration and public benefits.
The partner organizations are
- Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County,
- Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles,
- Mental Health Advocacy Services,
- Bet Tzedek Legal Services.
Free legal services are available to all patients through the Medical Legal Community Partnership-Los Angeles. The legal team provides help over the phone or at a health clinic. The legal team helps with many types of issues, including:
- Access to health coverage including Medi-Cal,
- Child support or custody,
- Evictions and poor housing conditions,
- Immigration and legal status,
- Income and employment,
- Personal and family safety,
- Public benefits such as food, SSI and cash aid, and
- Special education.
The legal team does not help with medical malpractice, criminal cases, or personal injury lawsuits.
Legal services are free for Health Services patients and household members. You can seek help for a specific legal issue or you can get a “legal check-up”. Because each case is different, the kind of help may be different from patient to patient.
To talk to a lawyer, you can:
- Ask your doctor, nurse, or a social worker, or any other clinic staff to refer you to the medical legal partners,
- Email email@example.com or Call (818) 485-0575
- Call (818) 485-0575
Be ready to give your first and last name, phone number, medical record number and preferred language.
If you don’t know your clinic or you want to be a Health Services patient, call (844) 804-0055 or click here
If the Medical Legal Community Partner lawyers cannot help you, they may refer you to another organization that can.
LAC4Youcan answer your questions about public charge. We encourage all immigrants, regardless of status, to get the health care services they need. To find out more information, click here.
The One Degree website has a resource guide with information on legal services, food, housing and more. The guide is updated every weekday. To access the resource guide, click here
Ask your health care provider, clinic worker or ask to speak to a social worker to help you find food programs. There are even some food give away at Los Angeles General Medical Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Outpatient Center, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Hubert H. Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center. If you are a patient at one of these clinics, ask a clinic worker to see if you qualify.
Other places for free and low-cost food and meal programs (some even help with pet food):
DPSS has a new website for Los Angeles County residents to apply for benefits at BenefitsCal.com. You can use this website to apply for CalFresh, General Relief, CalWORKs, and Medi-Cal. CalFresh is also known as SNAP or food stamps. It provides monthly benefits on a plastic Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which you can use to buy food at grocery stores, farmers markets and other locations. Click here.