South Los Angeles Newsletter
Senior Meal Emergency Response program
Proud to announce the second phase of our Senior Meal Emergency Response program. With new funding from the State and FEMA, we’re expanding our work to feed seniors and putting laid-off workers back to work. We’re working with the hospitality and restaurant industry to make the meals, and taxi cab drivers to deliver them. Seniors in need of meals can call 213-263-5226 or visit Coronavirus.LACity.org/SeniorMeals.
Skid Row Testing Center
Our LAFD launched a new high capacity testing site in Skid Row to offer free access to COVID-19 testing for residents who walk up or who are referred by street outreach teams. Our police and fire teams are also partnering with Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and County of Los Angeles, nurses and case managers to provide wellness checks, screening for COVID-19 symptoms, and support to move indoors. To connect homeless Angelenos with a LAHSA outreach worker, please use LA-HOP.org
Tenant Resources and Sample Letter
While we remain Safer at Home, renters and landlords are hurting and making new sacrifices during this crisis. If you are a tenant and can't pay rent due to COVID-19, our team is here to help. Know your rights, notify your landlord and if you can, work together to make a repayment plan.
Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department is ready to assist all Angelenos with a sample letter available in 7 languages to notify your landlord that you’ve been economically impacted by COVID-19.
Time-Sensitive: U.S. Chamber's Save Small Business Fund NOW OPEN
The Save Small Business Fund, a grantmaking initiative by the US Chamber Foundation and funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to employers across the United States. These one-time supplemental cash grants of $5,000 will be awarded weekly, but you need only apply once. All you need to apply is your W-9.
Businesses must have between three and 20 employees
Operate in an economically vulnerable community (bottom 80% of zip codes in the country). Check your zip here
Have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic
The grant application will go live on Monday, April 20 at 12:00 PM PT / I:00 PM MT / 9:00 AM Hawaii. To learn more about the Save Small Business Fund and to apply for a grant, visit www.savesmallbusiness.com.
FOOD BANKS IN SOUTH LA
Florence Firestone Community Center
7807 South Compton Ave. Compton, CA 90001 (323) 586.6502
Distributions Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am-3pm. By appointment only
Normandie Community Church
3801 S. Normandie St. Los Angeles, CA 90037 (323) 731-7787
Distribution every 4th Saturday of the month until supplies last. Must provide Picture ID.
All Peoples Community Center
822 East 20th St. Los Angeles, CA 90011 (213) 747-6357
Fridays 9:30am-1pm. Must be local resident Must provide picture I.D, and proof of income.
Praise Chapel Florence Community Church
1750 East Florence Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90001 (626) 483-5728
Wednesday from 9am-10:30am
Presentation of Mary Catholic
6406 Parmelee Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90001 (323) 585-0570
Distribution is every Saturday of the month 7:30am - 8:30am. Please call to verify distribution.
Bethel Unspeakable Joy Christian Church
8724 South Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90002 (323) 585-5939
Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month 8am-10pm 6
New Direction Community Program
8200 South Western Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90047 (323) 291-0035
Every 2nd Saturday of the month 1:30pm until supplies last
Shields for Families Social Service Agency
11705 Deputy Yamamoto Pl. Lynwood, CA 90262 (323) 242-5000
Distribution 10am-2pm. Arrive early
E.E.D.C.C Keeping Konnected Inc.
2400 West Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90008 (323) 880-6650
Distribution every 3rd Saturday of the month 10am until supplies last. No requirements
Central Neighborhood Health Foundation
2614 South Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90007 (323) 234-5000
Distribution every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 12pm. Only the first 100 people will be served
Hurting and Hungry
915 West Manchester Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90044 (213) 268-3082
Friday from 10am-2pm. Must schedule an appointment
Central City Neighborhood Partners
501 South Bixel St. Los Angeles, CA 90017 (213) 482-8618 Thursdays from 9am-1pm
First come first serve
CALIFORNIA CASTLE is on a mission to help those in need of housing by providing safe, affordable housing. They have been partnering with government and non-profit organizations and currently have beds available! California Castle properties are designed with an open concept to facilitate freedom and comfort. Eliminating hurdles and obstacles in the application process is what makes California Castle Properties the best housing solution.
Flexible monthly leasing options
No credit check
Third-party pay & benefits accepted
Simple move-out procedures
South LA Property *Shared Housing
900 West 76th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90044
Agency Reference: California Castle Properties
Contact Name: Leasing Agent
Contact Phone: (562) 353-8452
Contact Email: email@example.com
Languages Spoken: English, Russian
Case Manager Referral Required?: No
Appointment Required?: Yes
Walk In Okay?: No
Program Description: California Castle is at the forefront of change for communal living. By year 2030 its anticipated many of us will change the way we live. Communal living is a solution for those who are interested in social living, whilst also catering to those on welfare and depend on government assistance for survival. Not only does it re-enter many into the financial stability, but also creates a social environment where people help each other succeed.
Genders Served: Men, Women, TransgenderS
pecial Populations Served: Chronically Homeless, Domestic Violence, Formerly Incarcerated, People Living with HIV/AIDS, Seniors, Substance Misuse, Veterans
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 9AM – 8PM Saturday: 10AM – 8PM Sunday: 10AM – 8PM
House Type: Roommate
Housing City: Los Angeles
Bedrooms: Single, bachelor or studio, 1 bedroom
Bathrooms: Shared bathroom
Deposit Amount: $0.00
Rent Amount: $600.00
Additional Details: Laundry facility on-site, Refrigerator, Shared kitchen, Stove, Street Parking, Utilities included (gas, electric and water), Free Wi-Fi, Fully Furnished.
Public Transportation Accessible: Yes
Application Requirements: Background check
Application Fee?: No
Income Requirements: No
Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services
Critical delivery information is now available in Spanish
2020 USC Good Neighbors
Covid-19 Grant Update
Good Neighbors has been a cornerstone of USC's community engagement for over 25 years. Now, more than ever, our neighborhood nonprofits and schools are on the front line providing essential human services during this crisis while also experiencing significant financial challenges. We are pleased to announce the Good Neighbors grant application is being re-opened and will provide $1.3 million in critical Covid-19 non-profit support funding to serve our most vulnerable neighbors.
Grant application deadline is Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (PST).
Click HERE to access the online grant application.
About the USC Good Neighbors Grant Program
The mission of USC Good Neighbors is to support collaborative efforts that serve the neighborhoods surrounding the University Park and Health Sciences campuses. Proposed grant programs must meet one or more university-community funding priorities:
Services for unhoused individuals
Small business development
Worker Protection Order:
We are very excited to announce an Emergency Order that puts employee safety first! For essential, nonmedical workers, employees of essential businesses are required to wear cloth mouth coverings over their noses and mouths while at work; Employers are required to provide the masks to their workers or reimburse their employees for the purchase; Employees must have access to a clean and sanitized restroom with access to cleansing supplies; Employers must allow employees to wash their hands every 30 minutes; We are also encouraging businesses to put up plexiglass to shield their workers; Customers who enter essential businesses are required to cover their faces or the businesses can refuse entrance. This order took effect Friday, April 10 at 12am
RAPID MOBILE TESTING TEAM: From now until until this crisis ends, the City will deploy a rapid response testing team to facilities who house the elderly, chronically ill or debilitated; nursing homes; skilled nursing and assisted living facilities; respiratory hospitals; where there is a symptomatic resident or confirmed COVID-19 employees or residents at the facility, we will send people to test.
OVERFLOW TRASH PICK UP FOR FREE: Temporarily offer free extra collection in those black or blue bins on your regularly scheduled collection days: HERE'S HOW: Meet the drivers at the curb, after they empty the bin, you can add more to it and they will empty that as well; Starts Monday til Safer at Home order is lifted; Call 1-800-773-2489 -- to call sanitation or call 311 during the workweek.
EMERGENCY SENIOR MEALS RESPONSE: We will deliver twice as many meals a week to each senior we serve and to more than double the number of seniors that we are helping during this crisis. The only requirements to participate in this program is to be (1) a person of 60 years or older and (2) live in the City of Los Angeles. For seniors interested in participating, please call 213-263-5226, between 9-5 pm. Operators are available to answer calls in English and Spanish, other languages will receive a call back. Seniors and their caregivers can also sign up for the program online by visiting coronavirus.lacity.org/seniormealsprogram.
Tax Deadline Extended
The deadline to file your taxes has been extended to July 15, to provide more flexibility for Americans during this crisis. And the deadline change won’t impact your ability to get a stimulus check.
Resources by Zip Code
Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic: https://findhelp.org/
Cal Fresh Program
Great news! The state of California has authorized an emergency CalFresh benefit allotment for eligible households. Emergency CalFresh benefits for March will be issued on Sunday, April 12 and for April on Sunday, May 10. You may check your benefit balance online at https://www.yourbenefits.laclrs.org/ybn/Index.html or on the DPSS Mobile App.
Small Business Resources
Small Business Microloan Program:
In light of the sweeping impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our small business community, the City of Los Angeles has responded swiftly and decisively to support our local, community businesses. The newly established Small Business Emergency Microloan Program now provides financing needed to strengthen small business enterprises in this time of acute need that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Review the Reliance Tool Kit for Los Angeles Business and apply today.
Additionally, Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered a moratorium on commercial evictions of tenants unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A provision in the order gives eligible tenants up to three months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay any back due rent. Read More
LA Care Corps:
Small Business Assistance: Providing small businesses technical support they need to apply for federal loans and assistance; These are competitive loans so we need to do better than other parts of the country; LA Cares Corps will help apply for the loans, which one is best, and how they apply at the City, State, and County level; for more info, please visit: coronavirus.lacity.org/CARESCORPS
Due to COVID-19, many of you have had to shift your census operations from in-person to digital and social media. The Mayor's Census 2020 Initiative team is here to help! You can access digital flyers, posters, social media tips, and other materials from our outreach toolkit and social media toolkit at census.lacity.org.
All Angelenos should wear face coverings like scarves, bandanas or other cloth to help slow the spread of COVID-19. N95 and other medical-grade masks are reserved for medical workers.
-Mayor Eric Garcetti
Effective immediately Mayor Garcetti announced a temporary moratorium on evictions for residential LA renters due to circumstances related to the coronavirus epidemic.
These circumstances include loss of income related to workplace closure, child care expenditures due to school closures, healthcare expenses related to being ill with COVID-19 or caring for a member of the tenet's household who is ill with COVID-19, or reasonable expenditures that stem from government-ordered emergency measures.
This does not mean that the tenant will not still be obligated to pay lawfully charged rent. Tenants will have up to six months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay any back due rent. Tenets may use the protections afforded in the Mayor's executive order as defense in an unlawful detainer action.
Ellis Act (Tenant Housing):
Residential tenants in the City of Los Angeles may not be evicted during the declared local emergency in the City of Los Angeles if the eviction is a “no-fault eviction” and any member of the household is ill, in isolation, or under quarantine.
No party in the City of Los Angeles may remove occupied residential units from the rental market under the Ellis Act while this Order is in effect. Tenancies may not be terminated under the Ellis Act until 60 days after the expiration of this Order. Housing Department
Rental & Tenant Protections
On Monday, the Mayor signed ordinance passed by City Council on Friday to implement the Emergency Eviction Moratorium for commercial & residential rentals. Since language passed by Council is nearly identical to Mayor’s earlier order, Mayor will withdraw that order to avoid confusion. Council approved 12 months for residential tenants to pay rent owed and approved 3 months for commercial tenants.
The Housing + Community Investment Department (HCID) now has an eviction moratorium FAQ live on their website.
Complaints will be assigned to a Housing Investigator, who will investigate the tenant’s claim and advise the landlord and tenant of their findings.
Domestic Violence Resources
LA City - Text 9-1-1
Mobile users in LA now have the ability to send text messages to 911, giving hearing and speech impaired residents, or those in situations where it is too dangerous to dial 911, a potentially life-saving option.
Intimate Partner Service Providers, including Shelters, Legal and Support Services, remain available remotely for those in need. See a comprehensive and up-to-date list here.
Refer to the Reaching Out Booklet for more resources. You can download additional languages of Reaching Out at the link.
If you need to locate a Domestic Violence Shelter, please call the DV Hotline at (800) 978-3600 or through 2-1-1.
Download a list of LA County Domestic Violence Shelter 24-hour Hotlines (PDF) .
LA County Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-978-3600 (3/23/2020)
1-800-978-3600 hotline operated by the LA County Department of Public Social Services.
National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233 (3/23/2020)
The COVID-19 emergency orders can create concern for victims and survivors of domestic violence. When survivors are forced to stay in the home or proximity of their abuser, it can create circumstances where their safety is compromised, and they may need to alter their safety plan. If you or a loved one are in need of support, call the National DV Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522 anytime, 24/7, for free and confidential support. You are not alone.
Starting today we will open testing to all County residents through our portal & with the County, will be opening up 2 more sites in the County and one more in LA City, which will be a walk-up site. All are accessible through our portal, with same eligibility requirements: Coronavirus.lacity.org.
Frequently Asked Questions on Coronavirus Testing
Click here: Coronavirus.LACity.org/TestingFAQ
Mayor Garcetti has announced the official launch of the new Nonprofit Directory. If you are a nonprofit that needs volunteers to support essential services and would like to be added to our new Nonprofit Directory, please visit volunteer.lamayor.org and click on the “Nonprofit Directory” tab in the header. From there, go to “About” then “Getting Started.” You will then be prompted with instructions on how to register your agency. Please note this is for nonprofits that need volunteers and you will be prompted to input your EIN. For questions please email
These most critical services continue to be provided on a daily basis:
Trash is collected seven days a week
Sewers and catch basins are being maintained and cleared
Street lights are repaired to ensure illuminated streets
Copper wire theft incidents are being repaired
Alleged violations of paid sick leave and minimum wage are investigated and resolved
Project Labor Agreement (PLA) covered construction projects continue to hire local residents, including apprentices and transitional workers
Proposition HHH-PLA covered affordable housing construction projects remain on schedule
Construction workers continue to be restituted with entitled prevailing wages
Utility companies continue to construct and maintain their systems in city streets
Street sweepers keep their routes and work around parked vehicles
A Bridge Home shelters are being built on schedule
Trees are being trimmed
Streets are being resurfaced and sidewalks repaired for safe passage
Graffiti removal continues
DASH busses are now free; Metro is asking all passengers to board busses through the back in order to keep drivers safe; if a passenger needs to board through the front due to mobility issues, they may still do so.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW LOCAL SENIOR FOOD PROGRAMS
Services for older adults
City of Los Angeles Dept. of Rec & Parks – Slauson Senior Center
1657 E. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90002
Mon-Fri 10:30am- 12:30 pm
$2 suggested, 65+
City of Los Angeles Dept. of Rec & Parks – Watts Senior Center
1657 E. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90002
Mon-Fri 10:30am- 12:30 pm
$2 suggested, 65+
Transportation for people 62+ and Disabilities
City of Lynwood Rec & Community Services – Senior Center
11329 Ernestine Ave., Lynwood CA 90262
Lunch meal P/U
$2.50 suggested, 65+
Home Delivered meals for people homebound due to Age, Disability, or Illness
St. Vincent Senior Citizen Nutrition Program Inc.
2302 Miramar St., Los Angeles, CA 50057
Business as usual, Still delivering like normal
(Was already a Meals on Wheels delivery program)
Services for older adults (60+), Transportation, Health Edu, Nutrition Programs
Watts Labor Community Action Committee – Estelle Van Meter Center
7600 E. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90003
Mon-Fri 24 Hour
$2 suggested, 60+
Switched over to meals on wheels if they were receiving dine-in meals at center, will not be turned away
Watts Labor Community Action Committee- Bradley Multipurpose Senior Center
10957 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90059
Mon-Fri 24 Hour
$2 suggested, 60+
Switched over to meals on wheels if they were receiving dine-in meals at center
The following Winter Shelter Programs will be extended past March 31, 2020.
Bryant Temple AME (women's shelter), 2514 W. Vernon Ave., 90047 Open until September 30, 2020
Home at Last (men's shelter), 5171 S. Vermont Ave., 90037 Open until September 30, 2020
Home at Last (women's shelter), 5108 S. Central Ave., 90011 Open until September 30, 2020
Home at Last (women's shelter), 5100 S. Central Ave., 90011 Open until September 30, 2020
Effective Wednesday, March 18, all Geographic Area front desks and detective desks shall close to the public until further notice. Instead of going to your local area station, we are asking the public to use unique email addresses assigned to each of our 21 area front desks. Those emails will be monitored 24/7 and routed to the proper channels.
There will be exceptions to the closures for specific business that requires an in-person meeting including, but not limited to: vehicle/property release, child custody exchanges, attorney visitation (with an individual in custody), bail/bond releases. A complete list of the unique email addresses can be found here.
For Southeast LA residents, the following are LAPD email addresses that you can use to make reports: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; Newton@lapd.online firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more info.
Non-Profit Information Form
Any information you can share about what your agency is doing in response to COVID-19, what your potential needs for in-kind donations, and volunteer opportunities would be greatly appreciated. To let us know, click here.
At this time, the City of Los Angeles is not implementing in-the-field volunteers in response to COVID-19. However, we recognize that many people will want to help if such a need arises. The purpose of this form is to collect the contact information of prospective volunteers so that we can take action swiftly if the need arise. We will also use this information to help connect people to nonprofits and other agencies in need of volunteers. Click here to sign up.