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The Source


LAPL’s The Source is a free monthly event that provides personal one-on-one assistance from a variety of service providers. This program connects any resident in need of resources to services for which they are eligible in a single centralized setting. Offerings include:

  • ​​Housing assessment through the Coordinated Entry System
  • No cost California IDs
  • Free cell phones
  • Same-day transportation to emergency shelter
  • Mental health care
  • Enrollment into Medi-Cal and CalFresh
  • Opportunity to resolve eligible traffic tickets

It is currently held at four locations:

  • Central Library: The last Tuesday of every month, from 12:30-3:00 pm, at 630 W. Fifth St. Los Angeles, 90071, 213-228-7000 
  • Exposition Park Regional Branch: The third Tuesday of every month, 12:30-3:30 pm, at 3900 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, 90062, 323-290-3113
  • Mar Vista Branch Library: Every third Thusday of the month, 12-3 pm at 12006 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, 90066, 310-390-3454.
  • Will & Ariel Durant Branch: Fourth Thursday of every month, 12-3 pm at 7140 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 90046, 323-876-2741.
Below is an alphabetical list of abbreviations that people often use to refer to service providers:

CAPP—Community Assistance Parking Program (City of Los Angeles)
CDSS—California Department of Social Services (State of California)
DHS—Department of Health Services (State of California)
DMH—Department of Mental Health (County of Los Angeles)
DMV—Department of Motor Vehicles (State of California)
DPH—Department of Public Health (County of Los Angeles)
DPH—Department of Public Health, Vital Records (State of California)
DPSS—Department of Public Social Services (County of Los Angeles)
EDD—Employment Development Department (State of California)
HHCLA—Homeless Health Care of Los Angeles (Non-Profit Organizations)
LACRR—LA Country Registrar/Recorder (County of Los Angeles)
LAFLA—Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (Non-Profit Organizations)
LAHSA—Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (Non-Profit Organizations)
LAPL—Los Angeles Public Library (City of Los Angeles)
MTA—Metropolitan Transit Authority (County of Los Angeles)
PATH—People Assisting the Homeless (Non-Profit Organizations)

Use our Stable Living site to find resources near you.

The Source