All libraries are closed until further notice. No late fines will be assessed for overdue items, and you can return materials when libraries reopen. COVID-19 response and resources.
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As we all deal with the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, public panic concerning food shortages, along with closures and restrictions for some social service organizations, may leave certain members of our community even more vulnerable. Here is some information that may help.

What you need to know

For people experiencing homelessness, a guide on what you need to know from the LA County Department of Public Health.

Handwashing Stations

Protect yourself and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The City of LA has deployed over 100 handwashing stations across Los Angeles.

Shelter

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Information Hotline is open and available. Call (213) 225-6581, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They can provide shelter referrals and winter shelter information. Turn to LAHSA’s Get Help page to find more resources.

Social Services

  • Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) is continuing to provide services through its website and call centers. Call DPSS Customer Service Center at (866) 613-3777. The Customer Service Center is available to respond to general inquiries for all programs including CalFresh, General Relief, CalWORKS, Medi-Cal, and CAPI.
  • DPSS’ In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), an in-home provided care for persons with a disability, can be applied for by calling the IHSS Application line at (888) 944-4477 or the IHSS Helpline at (888) 822-9622.
  • The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) clinics will remain open for clients. Call LACDMH’s 24/7 Access Line at (800) 854-7771 for mental health support, resources and referrals. Additional mental health resources are also available on LACDMH’s COVID-19 page.

Food

  • For the closest food pantry/bank to you, visit Los Angeles Food Bank Pantry Locator.
  • St. Francis Center will continue to provide services to the Los Angeles community in a modified manner, including their breakfast and pantry programs, clothing closets, showers/bathroom services, and rental and utility assistance programs (over the phone) for homeless and low-income individuals in Los Angeles. Call (213) 747-5347 or email management@sfcla.org for further information.
  • Hollywood Food Coalition, located at 5939 Hollywood Blvd., is currently continuing to serve nightly meals as packaged takeaways. Contact them at (323) 462-2032.

Consumer Protection

Experiencing or seeing price gouging or other fraudulent activities related to COVID-19? Contact LA County Consumer & Business Affairs at (800) 593-8222 or email info@dcba.lacounty.gov to file a complaint or to receive more information

Free Health & Homeless Shelter Services

The Source offers a one-stop-shop of resources and services to help homeless Angelenos transition to independent and supported living. Services are also available for eligible low-income residents. All services are free of charge.

Services offered may vary by location and include:

  • Same day transportation to emergency shelter
  • Free California ID vouchers for the DMV
  • Free cell phones
  • Housing assessment through the Coordinated Entry System
  • Enrollment into Medi-Cal and CalFresh
  • Employment assistance
  • Mental health services
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  • HIV education and resources
  • Child support services
  • Referrals to expert providers

The Source Locations

  • Central Library

    Last Tuesday of every month
    12:30 - 3 p.m.
    630 W Fifth St
    Los Angeles, 90071
    213-228-7000

  • Edendale Branch

    Third Thursday of every month
    12 - 3 p.m.
    2011 W Sunset Blvd
    Los Angeles, 90026
    213-207-3000

  • Panorama City Branch

    Second Wednesday of every month
    10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    14345 Roscoe Boulevard
    Panorama City, 91402
    818-894-4071

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