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Homeless Person



Worldwide Resources

Los Angeles County

Helping others


  • Whenever life is threatened or when criminal activity is involved. - 9-1-1

  • Crisis Intervention Hotline - (888) 358-2384

  • Police Sex Crime Unit - (212) 267-7273

  • Suicide & Crisis Lifeline - 988

  • Veteran in crisis - (877) 424-3838

Food and Hunger

  • Los Angeles Regional Food Bank - (323) 234-3030

  • Food and Hunger Hotline - (866) 888-8777

  • Food Stamps – English & Spanish - (718) 557-1399

  • Senior/Older Adults: For meals from LA County and City of LA - (800) 510-2020

  • Catholic Charities of Los Angeles: Alleviate Hunger - (213) 251-3400

If you are without any food or resources when you apply for public assistance or food stamps, you have the right to request emergency assistance.

Local Shelters

  • Union Rescue Mission

       545 S. San Pedro St.  

       Los Angeles, CA 90013

       (213) 347-6300

  • The Midnight Mission

       601 S San Pedro St.

       Los Angeles, CA 90014 

       (213) 624-9258

  • The People Concern

       2116 Arlington Ave. Suite 100

       Los Angeles, CA 90018
       (323) 334-9000

  • United Way runs this confidential hotline to help seniors find local shelters or access transitional housing. Support for mental health, health care, food, and utilities is also available. - 2-1-1 

  • Downtown Women’s Center

       442 S. San Pedro Street

       Los Angeles, CA 90013

       (213) 680-0600

  • Los Angeles Mission

      303 East 5th Street

       Los Angeles, CA 90013

       (213) 629-1227 ext. 400

  • Alexandria House

       426 S. Alexandria Avenue

       Los Angeles, CA 90020

       (213) 381-2649

Extreme Weather


In effect from 12pm-8pm when forecasted high temperatures reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for one day or more, or are forecasted to reach 95 degrees Fahrenheit or higher at any point for two consecutive days or more.

  • No shelter suspensions or sanctions can be carried out, and clients who have been sanctioned can return to the shelter while Code Red is in effect, if necessary

  • Drop-in centers are required to take as many clients as possible.

  • Anyone in need of a cool place to go can walk into hospital emergency rooms or DHS shelters.



In effect when the temperature drops to 32 degrees or below, including wind-chill, between 4:00 PM and 8:00 AM.

  • Drop-in centers are required to take as many clients as possible, within the Department of Buildings restrictions.

  • Anyone in need of a place to go can walk into single adult or family shelters, without undergoing typical intake and eligibility procedures, for the night in question.

  • Clients can access any shelter, not just their assigned shelter, for the night in question.

  • More outreach teams will be on the streets to offer services and shelter.

  • No shelter suspensions or sanctions can be carried out on these dates. Clients who have been sanctioned can return to the shelter for the night in question, if necessary.



(800) 548-6047

The Winter Shelter Program is held annually to protect people experiencing homelessness during Los Angeles's colder months.

Rights and Legal Assistance

Miranda Rights

  • You have the right to remain silent.

  • Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney.

  • If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you.

Los Angeles County Public Defender

  • En Español: (213) 974-2828

  • In English (213) 974-2811


Immigration Unit Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office

Graciela Martinez, Head Deputy –  (213) 974-0572

LA County
Food & Hunger
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