Opportunities to Help Homeless - From the Office of Mayor Garcetti

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February 04, 2020

Emergency Winter Shelters: Winter shelters are available now and will be open through March to ensure that people living on the streets have a safe place to keep dry and warm while getting access to services. Connect homeless Angelenos in your area to outreach services here. Locate a shelter here.

Get Help Building a Secondary Home on your Property: L.A. was selected as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge for its innovative approach to combating the City’s homelessness crisis: Offering incentives to make it easier and cheaper for single-family homeowners to build accessory dwelling units — in exchange for renting it to a resident experiencing homelessness. In 2017, updates to California State law made it easier for Angelenos to build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on their properties. Learn about the various types of ADUs, explore how to finance your ADU, and apply to partner with the City through this website.


Join the Everyone In Campaign: Everyone In is a campaign powered by the United Way of Greater L.A. that brings together a coalition of nonprofit organizations, businesses, labor and community leaders, and everyday Angelenos to deliver on the promise of Measure H and Proposition HHH. The ballot initiatives were passed by voters in 2016 and 2017 to end homelessness by creating thousands of units of supportive housing across L.A., and delivering anti-addiction, housing, and mental health services that will help Angelenos stay off the streets for good. Visit EveryoneInLA.org to join the coalition and champion supportive housing in your community.


LA HOP – Los Angeles County Homeless Outreach Portal: You can connect homeless Angelenos in your neighborhood with the support and services they need to start a new chapter. Measure H dollars are at work — expanding outreach teams by hiring hundreds of new workers who are delivering help to the streets. LA HOP is a new online portal that allows Angelenos to pinpoint the location of their homeless neighbors — so that outreach workers can meet them where they are. Help connect people to services at LA-HOP.org.


Learn About Bridge Housing: While thousands of units of supportive housing are being built to house homeless Angelenos, we need opportunities now for our neighbors living on the streets to move indoors. That’s why Mayor Garcetti launched A Bridge Home, his initiative to open bridge housing across our city and provide a path for homeless Angelenos to move off the streets and get all the support they need to transition to permanent housing. Learn more about A Bridge Home and the role it plays in our plan to end homelessness.


Volunteer LA: Our VolunteerLA portal connects Angelenos with meaningful opportunities to make a difference in our communities. You can give your time, talent, and energy to projects that can change--even save--lives. Many of the VolunteerLA projects assist Angelenos struggling with homelessness or transitioning into new homes — including serving hot meals to homeless veterans, tutoring homeless students, distributing hygiene supplies to people living on the streets, mentoring families moving into housing, and more. Go to Volunteer.LAMayor.org to sign up to volunteer for service opportunities across our city.

Ami Fields-Meyer, Field Deputy
ami.fields-meyer@lacity.org, (323) 552-6730