Health and Human Services
The City of Los Angeles offers a multitude of health and human services offered throughout the various City of Los Angeles departments in coordination with Los Angeles County as well as non-city affiliated service providers. Review the information below for featured health and human services, as well as visit MyLA 311 to search for more detailed information.
- For persons 65 or older, Cityride is a curb-to-curb transportation assistance program available in Los Angeles and select areas of Los Angeles County. City-permitted taxi rides and Cityride Dial-A-Ride services are provided at reduced costs.
- Paratransit is a door-to-door program for frail seniors that need assistance with accessing and utilizing transportation.
- Multipurpose senior centers are located throughout the City of Los Angeles. Services include in-home assistance, care management, legal assistance, nutrition services, home delivered meals, transportation, paratransit, and health education and screening services. To find one that serves your community call (800)-510-2020 or visit the service page on the Department of Aging website.
- See episodes of the TV show, “Aging Well in LA”, brought to you by LA CityView 35.
- HIRE LA’s Youth focuses on connecting L.A.’s youth to employment opportunities. This is provided by a partnership between the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (LAACC), Mayor Villaraigosa, the City of Los Angeles, and the Workforce Investment Board.
- The Los Angeles Police Academy Magnet School Program offers a rigorous, police officer-led high school curriculum for youth interested in a law enforcement career. The program provides a better understanding of law enforcement for students, and also provides a high quality recruiting resource for the Los Angeles Police Department.
- The Safe House Community Program provides homes or businesses where a child may go for safety or assistance when the child encounters a threat or other emergency while en route to or from any LAUSD elementary, middle, or senior high school. Safe House locations are marked with a distinctive placard for easy identification.
- Several LAPD youth programs encourage young people to avoid drugs and gangs, stay in school, and contribute positively to society. Find more details on these programs by visiting the LAPD website or below in our Education & Personal Development section.
- California Coalition for Youth (CYCL) offers support, encouragement and referrals to youth needing assistance or in crisis situations. CYCL is an immediate, reliable and free link between youth and local services. They help to find homeless youth shelters, youth-serving medical clinics, on-going counseling services and much more throughout California. The California Youth Crisis Line, (800) 843-5200, is a statewide, toll free 24-hour confidential Hotline available to teens and young adults ages 12-24 and/or any adults supporting youth.
Domesic Violence Support
- Domestic Violence Program Support and Shelters are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Emergency or transitional housing and services are exclusively dedicated to survivors of domestic violence. Emergency shelters offer refuge for up to 90 days, while transitional shelters offer refuge for 6-18 months. Service Locations are confidential.
Baby Safe Surrender Program
- The Safely Surrendered Baby Law gives parents of any age the choice to legally leave their baby with an employee at any Los Angeles County hospital or fire station at any time, no questions asked, within 72 hours of the baby's birth. No Shame, No Blame, No Names. A free hotline, (877) 222-9723, is open to answer questions or direct to nearest location 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Persons with Disabilities
- The Department On Disability coordinates and monitors the City's compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973(Section 504). The ADA Compliance Officer and ADA Coordinators work closely with all City departments to facilitate the process which includes: providing reasonable accommodation for City employees with disabilities, providing reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities who utilize City programs services and facilities, and advocating for persons with disabilities facing discriminatory treatment.
- Blue curb maintenance can be requested by contacting the area transportation district office. Maintenance includes repainting of blue curbs and replacement of damaged signs.
- For qualified disabled persons, Cityride is a curb-to-curb transportation assistance program available in Los Angeles and select areas of Los Angeles County. City-permitted taxi rides and Cityride Dial-A-Ride services are provided at reduced costs.
Persons with HIV/AIDS
- Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) funding provides rental assistance and supportive services for eligible low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS. Assistance includes: emergency and transitional housing, emergency housing (motels) and meal vouchers, housing information referrals, tenant-based rental assistance (similar to Section 8), rent, mortgage, utility assistance, permanent placement grants (towards security deposits), legal services, food delivery and food bank services, companion animal assistance and the development of housing projects.
- The AIDS Coordinator's Office offers programs that include: AIDS education and prevention, grants to entities to develop seminars, public forums and publications designed to improve HIV/AIDS prevention, and programs for at-risk City of Los Angeles residents. Support services for residents living with HIV/AIDS. Information and referrals for AIDS Testing Sites are also available.