Resources

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LOCATING A PROFESSIONAL SENIOR ADVOCATE

MAPS Charities works with scores of agencies throughout Los Angeles County. Their Professional Senior Advocates (PSAs), include social workers, senior care managers, physicians and discharge planners.

If you are senior or know of a senior in need who might benefit from a MAPS Charities grant, please contact your local senior center to refer you to a Professional Senior Advocate.

Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks/Senior Citizen Centers List of Senior citizen Centers on Los Angeles County 213-202-2700

Los Angeles Department of Aging Map of Multipurpose Senior Centers and Dining Centers

Los Angeles County Community and Senior Centers List of Senior Centers and services provided in the city of Los Angeles 213-482-7252 or 800-510-2020

Los Angeles LGBT Senior Center Assistance or referral for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender seniors

FOOD

Many organizations in Los Angeles offer food programs. Here is a list of the organizations and services provided.

CalFresh State program providing food and nutritional education to low income seniors, including those receiving Social Security 916-651-8848

Meals on Wheels Delivering meals to seniors throughout Los Angeles County 888-998-6325

Hope the Mission Food distribution in the San Fernando Valley 818-392-0020

Workforce Development Aging & Community Services 800-510-2020
Including: Elderly Nutrition Program Delivery of food to homebound individuals, including safety checks and Emergency Food Assistance Program meal sites

HOUSING

Department of Public Social Services/Homeless Services Offering shelter and other programs 866-613-3777

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority working with the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health along with the Department of Health Services, Department of Mental Health and other key Federal partners to promote effective hygiene, to prevent and address potential Coronavirus infections among those experiencing homelessness, and how to keep staff safe

Los Angeles City Housing Department Current programs, laws and how to file complaints about housing situations 866-557-7368

Housing Rights Center Fair housing information and resources 800-477-5977

Los Angeles County Development Authority – Affordable Housing – Resources to assist in housing, including Section 8

Hope the Mission Housing information in the San Fernando Valley 818-392-0020

 

UTLITY PROGRAMS

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Programs for low income individuals and families

California Public Utilities Commission/Income Qualified Assistance Resources and referrals to city, county and statewide programs available to those on a low income 800-649-7570

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Department of Mental Health/Genesis Program, Prevention and Early Intervention Los Angeles County services, intervention and support programs for seniors 800-854-7771

Health insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) Free information and counseling about Medicare from California Health Advocates 800-434-0222

Center for Healthcare Rights Education, counseling, informal advocacy and legal services for use of Medicare and MediCal and other health benefits 213-383-4519

Los Angeles County Department of Social Services/Senior Health Programs Serving seniors and people with disabilities with healthcare benefits 866-613-3777

Hope the Mission Medical and mental health services in the San Fernando Valley 818-392-0020

Los Angeles City Durable Medical Equipment Program Wheelchairs, canes, rollators and other medical equipment loaned free of charge 213-202-2764

Convalescent Aid Society Loaning durable medical equipment free of charge; offices located in Pasadena and Burbank 626-793-1696

TRANSPORTATION

CityRide Discounted rides throughout Los Angeles for those on a limited income. Program operates quarterly and riders must apply.

Access Los Angeles Los Angeles County transportation services for ADA paratransit eligible individuals 213-270-6110

L.A. County Public Works L.A. GoBus Transit services for senior and disabled people in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County 800-827-0829

LEGAL

City of Los Angeles Department of Aging Legal Assistance and Advocacy List of agencies that assist seniors with legal matters 213-482-7252

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Directory of elder law attorneys and programs on education and advocacy

ELDER ABUSE

Los Angeles County Adult Protective Services Hotline to report elder abuse 877-477-3646

Resource Guide for Elder Justice Guide containing information about senior abuse, how to identify and how to get help

National Center on Elder Abuse Information and research on elder abuse in the United States 855-500-3537

VETERANS

Department of Mental Health Los Angeles County services, intervention and support programs for veterans, including the Veteran Peer Access Network (VPAN) 800-854-7771

 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits and programs for elderly veterans 800-698-2411

SCAMS AND FRAUDS

The following organizations provide helpful information and resources for fraud prevention and checking for authenticity of phone calls, emails or in-person contacts.

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Fraud Watch Network Providing information on current scams, fraud prevention resources in addition to a Fraud Helpline: 877-908-3360

Snopes Fact checking site for misinformation, rumors, etc.

U.S. Government Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Tools to assist older adults to protect against fraud, including financial security 855-411-2372

U.S. Department of Justice Elder Abuse Resource Roadmap to assist with financial abuse of older adults 202-514-2000

Federal Trade Commission Report fraud, scams and shady business practices

Internet Crime Complaint Center Information regarding fraud that occurs online; ability to report incidents

PETS

PAWS/LA Assistance for low-income senior pet owners including veterinary care and pet food 213-741-1950

Los Angeles Animal Services Senior for Seniors Matching seniors with senior pets, offering discounted license fees and adoption events 888-452-7381

OTHER RESOURCES

California Department of Aging Services including meals, classes, applying for healthcare, transportation, Adult Day Care Centers, reporting abuse and housing.
Medicare Questions: 800-434-0222
California Aging and Adult Information Line: 800-510-2020

California Department of Social Services Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) providing monthly cash benefits to aged, blind, and disabled non-citizens who are ineligible for SSI/SSP solely due to their immigrant status.

Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living Assisting those with disabilities seek employment.

Jewish Free Loan Association offering interest-free loans with no fees on a non-sectarian basis to individuals and families in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties whose needs are urgent and who may not qualify through normal financial channels 323-761-8830

Los Angeles County Workforce Development Aging & Community Services Various resources and support services for seniors and their families

Los Angeles County Aging & Disabilities Department Printable Directory of Senior Center and Services per area in the city of Los Angeles

Encino Chamber of Commerce: San Fernando Senior Service Directory Printable directory listing community resources and support services for seniors

City of Burbank Senior Resource Guide Printable directory listing discounts and services available to seniors