Homelessness Resources

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List of Non-Profits and Organizations in Hollywood Specializing in Homelessness Services

Hollywood 4WRD

https://hollywood4wrd.live/

Hollywood 4WRD is a coalition driven to create systemic change to effectively address homelessness in Hollywood through advocacy, education, service coordination, and innovation.

Assistance League Los Angeles

www.assistanceleaguela.org

From preschool to providing school clothes and supplies, to resources for newborns and foster children and their families, Assistance League of Los Angeles’ members dedicate themselves to working to make sure that every child has a chance no matter their circumstances.

The Center in Hollywood

https://thecenterinhollywood.org/

The Center works directly with those experiencing homelessness to build a sense of community, end isolation, and provide a space to flourish for those who are homeless. It is a trauma-informed center that engenders trust, safety, consistent boundaries, and a place where individuals can make their own decisions about program participation and housing.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

https://www.chla.org/substance-use-prevention-and-treatment-program

CHLA’s Substance Use Treatment and Prevention Program aims to reduce alcohol and drug-related harm in an outpatient approach to children and families experiencing addiction. The program serves youth ages 10-17 and young adults ages 18-25. Priority is given to those experiencing homeless, are HIV-positive, pregnant teens, and those who are suicidal or in acute crisis.

The Corporation for Supportive Housing

https://www.csh.org/about-csh/in-the-field/la/

CSH works to bring supportive housing to those that need it most in the Los Angeles area. CSH works with various stakeholders, government organizations, and community partners to effectively bring more affordable housing opportunities to Los Angeles.

Covenant House

https://www.covenanthouse.org/homeless-shelters/hollywood-california

Covenant House Hollywood provides sanctuary and support for youth ages 18-24 facing homelessness and human trafficking. Their programs and services are designed to advance youths’ physical, emotional, educational, vocational, and spiritual well-being to provide them with the best chance for success in independence.

Food on Foot

https://www.foodonfoot.org/

Food on Foot is a nonprofit dedicated to assisting our homeless and low-income neighbors in Los Angeles with nutritious meals, clothing, and a fresh start through a life-skills education, full-time employment, and permanent housing.

Hang Out Do Good

https://www.hangoutdogood.com/

HODG’s mission is to create an inclusive, vibrant community of volunteers who recognize that everyone practices kindness in a variety of ways. This organization comes together to provide bag lunches, donate clothing, and communicate with those experiencing homelessness throughout Los Angeles and Hollywood.

Heart Forward LA

https://www.heartforwardla.org/

Heart Forward LA seeks to transform the American mental health system through radical hospitality. They promote bold system change and advance radical hospitality along with the guiding principles that characterize the global best practice based in Trieste, Italy including social recovery, the right to a purposeful life, system accountability, and whole person care.

Hollywood Community Housing Corporation

http://hollywoodhousing.org/

Hollywood Community Housing develops affordable homes and safe communities for low-income families, formerly homeless individuals and households, seniors, and those with special needs.

Hollywood Food Coalition

https://hofoco.org/

The Hollywood Food Coalition provides a warm, nutritious meal along with access to basic daily needs, such as clothing, backpacks, sleeping bags, and hygiene items, as well as assistance with housing placement and referrals for the homelessness community in Hollywood.

Hollywood WorkSource Center

https://www.lapl.org/stable-living/resource-centers/hollywood-worksource-center

The Hollywood WorkSource Center provides free employment services to adults, dislocated workers, Veterans, the homeless and the re-entry population. Services include free job training, telephone and computer access, literacy skills workshops, employment referrals, customized job matching, resume and interview skills building, and career guidance.

Housing Works

http://housingworksca.org/

Housing Works provides permanent supportive housing and support services to the most traumatized, vulnerable, and needy members of our community—homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, at-risk youth, veterans, and people dealing with severe physical or mental illness or substance abuse.

Imagine LA

https://www.imaginela.org/

Imagine LA works to end the cycle of family poverty and homelessness in Los Angeles. Imagine LA works to provide relationships and resources to help the entire families thrive for the long-term. The organization provides financial wellness education and pathways to living wage job opportunities while mentors give personal attention to everyone’s needs.

The John and Marilyn Wells Family Foundation

https://www.storiesfrontline.org/

Stories from the Frontline, funded by The John and Marilyn Wells Family Foundation, works as a story telling platform for those who have experienced homelessness and elevates opportunities for more affordable and supportive housing in all neighborhoods across Los Angeles County.

JWCH/Wesley Health Care Center

http://jwchinstitute.org/

Wesley Health Centers provides a variety of health care programs and activities to the poor and underserved segments of Los Angeles area through the direct provision or coordination of health care, health education, services, and research. The have a health clinic located in East Hollywood that serves families and anyone experiencing homelessness.

My Friend’s Place

https://www.myfriendsplace.org/

My Friend’s Place aims to assist and inspire homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. My Friend’s Place offers comprehensive services to youth experiencing homelessness between the ages of 12 and 25, and their children, helping homeless young people move toward wellness, stability, and self-sufficiency.

PATH

https://epath.org/regions/greater-los-angeles/

PATH seeks to end homelessness by building affordable housing and providing supportive services throughout Los Angeles and California. In Los Angeles they provide a variety of services for neighbors experiencing homelessness that include employment, outreach, homelessness prevention, housing navigation, interim housing, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing.

The People Concern

https://www.thepeopleconcern.org/

The People Concern provides a fully integrated system of care – including outreach, interim housing, mental and medical health care, substance abuse services, domestic violence services, life skills and wellness programs, and permanent supportive housing – tailored to the unique needs of homeless individuals, survivors of domestic violence, challenged youth, and others who have nowhere else to turn.

Saban Community Clinic

https://www.sabancommunityclinic.org/

Saban Community Clinic provides whole person care for vulnerable individuals and families in Hollywood. For those experiencing homelessness, Saban offers a shower program that not only assists with hygiene but also gives them the opportunity to talk with a case manager, who is his or her “concierge” to their medical, behavioral health, dental and vision care services – as well as to outside partners for housing and job training.

Safe Parking LA

https://www.safeparkingla.org/

Safe Parking LA provides a night-time program for people who are experiencing homelessness and sleeping in their vehicles at night, providing a safe and stable place to park their vehicle, remain compliant with local laws, and have access to restroom facilities. All safe parking programs are accessible by filling out an application and connecting to services that help identify pathways into housing.

The Salvation Army Access Center

https://hollywood.salvationarmy.org/hollywood_corps/

The Salvation Army Hollywood Access Center works with those experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk, gain initial access to housing resources, emergency service referrals, and other supportive services. The Access Center will provide services in a housing first, low barrier, and harm reduction approach.

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission

https://sfvrescuemission.org/renewed-hope/

The Renewed Hope Men’s Life Recovery Program is a free, ten-month, residential, Christian, recovery program in Hollywod that provides Biblically based structure and applied discipline for living an overcoming life. The program provides individual counseling, case management, and classes on Christianity, anger management, and relapse prevention. We offer our program residents the benefits of Homeless outreach and being of service to our community, computer skill development, and other vocational training opportunities.

Salvation Army

https://thewayin.salvationarmy.org/

The Way In Youth Shelter through the Salvation Army was founded to help children escape Hollywood street life and provide a home-like environment in which abused and/or neglected teenagers could live safely as they matured into productive and independent young adults. The Way In helps by providing food, shelter and counseling in a multi-faceted program that includes residential housing, an independent living program.

Step Up

https://www.stepuponsecond.org/

Step Up delivers compassionate support to people experiencing mental health conditions and homelessness to help them recover, stabilize, and integrate into the community. Step Up provides connections to permanent supportive housing, workforce development, supportive services, and specific programs for transition-age youth and housing for veterans.

Youth Emerging Stronger

https://www.youthemergingstronger.org/

YES provides runaway, homeless, and foster youth with safety, stability and housing, along with the relationships and resources to thrive now and in the future. Their programs focus on intervention, prevention, and permanency. Programs are tailored for youth ages 12-24.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Pledge to Action for Businesses

Short- and Long-Term Actions the Business Community Can Take to Help Alleviate the Homelessness Crisis  

Actions You Can Take Now

  1. Fill out an LA-HOP request when you see an individual who may need supportive services from a trained outreach worker. Be sure to include your contact information so the City may contact you if more information is needed: https://www.lahsa.org/portal/apps/la-hop/request
  2. Report encampments to the City through MyLA311 online or through the app. Submit a report daily with updated pictures if necessary, to ensure the City has the most up-to-date location and information of the encampment: https://myla311.lacity.org/portal/faces/home
  3. Use 211LA as a resource for food service locations to those experiencing food insecurity or who are in need of other services: https://www.211la.org/
  4. To report an encampment or clean up request on or near a state highway or underneath a freeway overpass, fill out a service request through the Caltrans website here: https://csr.dot.ca.gov/index.php/Msrsubmit
  5. Advocate for more housing in the Hollywood community.
  6. Support zoning reform at the local level.
  7. Donate to Room for Success to provide a safe home for college students experiencing homelessness: https://www.hollywoodfoundation.org/room-for-success/
  8. Join Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council’s mailing list and attend the Homelessness Committee meetings. CHNC brings experts and residents together to share facts and perspectives the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00pm via Zoom meeting: chnc.org
  9. Join SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition/Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council biweekly homeless outreach events every other Sunday at 12pm, meeting from the lot behind 6501 Fountain Ave to bring food and supplies to unhoused neighbors and build bonds of community. Email Louis at chnc@gmail.com for more information. The next outreach event will take place on Sunday 1/31/2021.
  10. Contact service providers in your area to volunteer, donate, and learn more about their cause. For a comprehensive list of service providers specializing in homelessness services in the Hollywood and Los Angeles area, visit the Homelessness Resources page on the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce website.
  11. Support the Hollywood 4WRD coalition to end homelessness in Hollywood. Visit their website for more information: https://hollywood4wrd.live/
  12. Contact local elected officials on pending motions that affect homelessness in our community.
      1. Los Angeles City Council:
        1. Amendment to Municipal Code 41.18 and 56.11 relative to sleeping near freeway and Bridge Housing infrastructure: CF 20-1376
        2. Reinstatement of CARE+ cleanups at a citywide level
        3. Discussion on the creation of more mental health services programs for Los Angeles residents needing supportive services: CF 20-1222
        4. Using the Hollywood Recreation Shelter as a Temporary Homelessness Shelter during COVID-19: CF 20-1179
      2. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors:
        1. Advocate for Trieste proposal funds to be accepted by the LA County Board of Supervisors

Long Term Actions and Goals

  1. Support the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Homelessness Resource page. Businesses can reference service-providers, access action items, and utilize other valuable resources.
  2. Attend the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Learning Day with local providers for businesses to engage and learn more about their services.
  3. Join the Board of a local non-profit that could use business expertise.
  4. Advocate for Los Angeles City Council and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to establish funding for businesses who train their employees on how to help someone experiencing homelessness and/or a mental health concern through a possible allocation from Measure H or Measure HHH dollars.
  5. Support the establishment of the Fountain House platform in Hollywood. Fountain House successfully supports community building and work experience programs for individuals struggling with mental illness across the country. Learn more here: https://www.fountainhouse.org/
  6. Establish an internship and mentorship program at your business to give at-risk youth or individuals who have been homeless the opportunity to gain vital work experience and mentorship.

Link to the Legislative Analyst’s Office report “California’s Homelessness Challenges in Context” released on January 21, 2021, detailing homelessness statistics throughout the state.

4663 – 2020 Homeless Count – Council District 4 (lahsa.org)

4672 – 2020 Homeless Count – Council District 13 (lahsa.org)

community-letter
Dear Business and Community Leaders,
Hollywood has long been known as the entertainment capital of the world. But anyone who has driven through this storied community in recent years also knows it has been refuge for many homeless encampments. Public rights-of-way are overflowing with tents, trash, discarded furniture, and human waste with little being done to properly address the mental health and substance use of those experiencing homelessness.
The Los Angeles City Council previously ordered periodic cleanups in these areas under the CARE+ program, but the cleanups were suspended in March as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold and federal lawsuits have barred the relocation of encampments. Public guidelines have discouraged displacing people living on the streets, recommending instead that they shelter-in-place.
Some cleanups could resume in July around the city’s homeless shelters, and three additional encampments in the 15th City Council District were recently added to the list. Hollywood is in desperate need of more CARE+ action. These makeshift encampments have multiplied in recent months, bringing trash, dirty needles, and other health hazards to our streets while essential wrap-around services are not being provided to those experiencing homelessness.
Some have argued that these actions are intrusive to the homeless community, but the primary purpose of the cleanups is not only to promote public health for both residents and the homeless, but to properly provide supportive services to those that need them most. Let’s face it, we’re in the middle of the worst health crisis we’ve seen in our lifetime. Succumbing vulnerable populations to become ground zero for further spread of the coronavirus will not help anyone.
The city’s CARE+ program includes biohazard cleanup and the installation of trash receptacles, as well as portable showers, COVID-19 testing, and wraparound services for people living on the streets.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce fully supports programs that provide housing and much needed services for our homeless neighbors, especially as the sheer number of people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County is far outpacing the programs that are intended to help them.
Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) released figures showing there were 66,436 people in L.A. County experiencing homelessness at any given time. That’s up 12.7% from a year earlier, and that number has likely risen since the count was taken.
“Even with the significant gains made in placing people into housing with services, it is not keeping pace with those Angelenos falling into homelessness,” LAHSA Commissioner Jacqueline Waggoner said.
This is easily one of Hollywood’s most pressing issues, yet our elected leaders cannot seem to effectively make progressive change. The problem has been addressed by our elected officials, but the situation has gotten worse.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce recently hosted our inaugural Homelessness Summit where business and community members came together to learn why we are at this crossroads today and how we can collectively take action in easing the crisis of homelessness in Hollywood.
One key takeaway from the Summit highlighted that our governance structure is not adequately established to handle this seemingly insurmountable issue of the mental health and homelessness crisis in our community. Government officials must be held accountable to their word and change must be on the horizon.
Removing encampments may only be a temporary bandage to the homelessness crisis as short- and long-term mental health assistance and viable supportive housing options are necessary to keep the same encampment from simply moving to a new location.
We must continually partner with non-profit organizations and faith-based community members to assist those in need. The Chamber has established a Homelessness Resources webpage through our website for businesses to utilize in their own actions towards solving this crisis.
The Chamber has and will continue to advocate in elevating the Hollywood experience for all, but action is needed by each one of you to create change now.
Sincerely,
Rana Ghadban
President & CEO, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
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