Los Angeles County Resources
Food Banks and Pantries
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank (pantry locator)
We distribute food and other essentials to children, seniors, families and other individuals in need.
Food Assistance Programs
The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.
WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. It aims to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.
Older Adults and People with Disabilities
Errand Running and Shopping Assistance
Food Delivery Services
At the core of the Meals on Wheels service is a nutritious meal, companionship and a watchful eye on the health and safety of our seniors. For those who have trouble getting around, we bring the service to you. For those who can still venture out into their communities, we serve in gathering places, such as senior centers and community facilities.
Temporary Income Replacement
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program pays benefits to workers who have lost their job and meet the program’s eligibility requirements. If you have become unemployed or partially unemployed, you can file a UI claim. After you have filed a claim, you must continue to certify for benefits to receive benefit payments.
Paid Family Leave (PFL) provides benefit payments to people who need to take time off work to care for a seriously ill family member, bond with a new child, or participate in a qualifying event because of a family member’s military deployment.
Cash Entitlements for Aged and Disabled
Needs-Based Cash Aid
CalWORKs is a welfare program that gives cash aid and services to eligible needy California families. Families that apply and qualify for ongoing assistance receive money each month to help pay for housing, food and other necessary expenses.
General Relief (GR) is a County-funded program that provides cash aid if you are an adult without any income or resources, and children in certain special circumstances who are ineligible for federal or State programs.
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides monthly payments to adults and children with a disability or blindness who have income and resources below specific financial limits. SSI payments are also made to people age 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial qualifications.
Medi-Cal is California’s version of the Federal Medicaid program. If you have limited income and resources, the Medi-Cal Program provides comprehensive health coverage to you and your family for free or low-cost.
Covered California is a free service that connects Californians with brand-name health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. When you apply, you may qualify for a discount on a health plan through Covered California, or get health insurance through the state’s Medi-Cal program.
Free Health or Low Cost Health Care
Offers quality, patient-centered care through an integrated network of clinics and hospitals.
My Health LA is a no-cost health care program for low-income individuals who live in Los Angeles County. Participants must be between 26 and 49 years old and unable to get health insurance.
Stay Housed L.A.is a partnership between Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles and local community and legal service providers. Together, we provide the residents of Los Angeles County, from Lancaster to Long Beach, with information and resources to keep people in their homes.
Mental health services provided in multiple settings.
The LACDMH Help Line serves as the primary entry point for mental health services with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Call 1-800-854-7771.
Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free crisis support via text message. Text “LA” to 741741.
An FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more. The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.
If you are covering the cost of a COVID-19 funeral, FEMA may be able to help. You may qualify for up to $9,000 per funeral for expenses.
Resources for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
Alzheimer’s Los Angeles’s mission is to improve the lives of families affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia by increasing awareness, delivering effective programs and services, providing compassionate support, and advocating for quality care and a cure.
The IHSS Program will help pay for services provided to you so that you can remain safely in your own home. To be eligible, you must be over 65 years of age, or disabled, or blind. Disabled children are also potentially eligible for IHSS.
We offer help to caring family and friends for all cultures and communities in LA county. Services are low or no-cost to family caregivers and friends who help someone over the age of 60.
Adult Protective Services (APS) provides a system of in person response to reports of abuse and self-neglect about developmentally disabled adults, physically and mentally disabled adults, and the elderly (65 yrs+) who may be victims of abuse.
Through a combination of individual representation, high impact litigation and public policy advocacy, NLSLA combats the immediate and long-lasting effects of poverty and expands access to health, opportunity, and justice in Los Angeles’ diverse neighborhoods.
Medicare Help and Advocacy
Nursing Home Rights
If you have questions and would like to speak to someone, or need help finding medical care, call the Los Angeles County Information line 2-1-1, which is available 24/7.
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