We see our neighbors on the streets everyday going without shelter and the basic necessities for life. You can help.
There are approximately 58,000 homeless people living on the streets of Los Angeles. This is one of the largest homeless populations in the country. Feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, and sheltering the homeless are all corporal works of mercy and express the vision of love and mercy we are called to show our homeless brothers and sisters.
Find resources for those in need:
Call 211 for Emergency Referrals – 24 Hour Hotline
Families with Children in Need of Emergency Housing
Call 211 and ask for the Family Solutions Center in their area. They will provide immediate shelter and transition to permanent housing. If you encounter a family or older adult, you can call on their behalf.
All Other Services
Call 213-225-6581 to speak to someone during business hours or visit:
- LA Countywide Housing, Employment & Education Resource
- LA Homeless Services Authority
- Catholic Charities
- St. Vincent de Paul Society of LA
What is the Catholic Community Doing to Serve Our Homeless Sisters and Brothers?
(Click on Image to Download the report on Catholic Social Services in Los Angeles)
Join the City and Countywide effort to end homelessness
The Mayor’s Office is hosting Days of Compassion to collaborate with others working in the community to end homelessness. You can join in this unique effort.
Volunteer at Parishes with Cold Weather Shelters in San Gabriel Region
Parishes in the San Gabriel Region organize cold weather shelters from December 1st through March 31st for 200 homeless individuals, providing shelter, showers, clothes, warm meals, medical care, and more. See how you can support this amazing effort.
Support Your Local Catholic Charities Location
Catholic Charities addresses human suffering and larger social issues such as poverty, hunger and nutrition, homelessness, immigration, health care, mental health and illiteracy. Charities various locations throughout the Archdiocese offer food, clothing, rent and utility assistance, motel vouchers, transportation, job training, child care, help signing up for CalFresh, WIC, and MediCare, elder support, legal resources, immigration and citizenship assistance, refugee resettlement and more. Keep their number on hand for referrals for your parishioners.
Run a Drive for St. Vincent De Paul Society
St. Vincent De Paul Society helps the needy become self-sufficient by providing financial and emotional support, food, clothing, furniture, appliances, housing and resources in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Their work spans all the corporal works of mercy. Host a drive to collect items for their thrift store or the SVDPLA Society at your parish.
Host a Homeless Family at Your Church
Family Promise helps homeless children by helping their families stay intact, regain stable housing and return to steady work through the support of their community. They partner with churches to offer families temporary housing, hospitality and assistance to help them get back on their feet.
Help Build a Family a Secure Home
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Their Catholic Coalition raises funds and volunteers aged 16+ help build homes for families. Join the Habitat LA Catholic Coalition. Parishes commit to raising funds for housing and help build a house for a family in need.
Join the Homeless Count
In order to make sure every person can receive the shelter and support they need, the County of LA organizes a homeless count. Many parishes have found this to be a great first step for their parishioners to encounter our homeless neighbors and learn about their needs.
Other Ways to Get Involved:
Pray with St Benedict Joseph Labre prayer card
Download the PDF Prayer HERE
So many of our parishes have food pantries for those in need. Call your parish office and find out how you can get involved.
A project of Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Poverty USA has lesson plans for elementary, high school, and adults to learn the facts of poverty, hunger, and homelessness. These lesson plans help groups to learn about the underlying causes and how they can advocate for the poor and vulnerable.
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