This page was last updated on 1/28/22. Continue to check back for the most up-to-date resources to support you and your family during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Apps, Websites, and Resource Guides for Finding Support:Win App – Los Angeles:
Our Children LA put together Win App, which is an app and website that allows users to search for food, shelter, crisis support, health services, legal aid, hotlines, education, jobs, benefits, transit and more. Click here to view/browse their resources.Find Help:
FindHelp.org is a quick way to find resources in your area. Simply plug in your zip code and it will help you find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic. There are categories for food, housing, goods, transit, health, money, care, education, work, and legal assistance.
COVID-19 Los Angeles Resource Guide:
This comprehensive, crowd-sourced document was created by people committed to the health of our Los Angeles community during the coronavirus outbreak. It includes categories, such as food, education, housing, and employment. Click here to access the English version or clic aquí para la version en español.
Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com. Here’s what you need to know about your order:
- Limit of one order per residential address
- One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
- Orders will ship free starting in late January
Free Meals, Groceries and Food Pantries:
HealthyEating.org is a comprehensive compilation of school nutrition program meal sites offering free meal services to children, ages 2-18, living in communities throughout California. The site is broken down by counties and school districts, and the drop down menu options allow self-navigation to make identifying nearby sites easier to find. As new information becomes available, the listings will be updated. Click here to go to their website.
FoodOasis.la is a tool you can use to locate free food in Los Angeles by entering your zip code.
Chirp LA has put together a Los Angeles Food Bank Guide, listing the addresses and hours of all food banks in LA. Click here to view.
WIC –– People who have been economically affected by the COVID-19 crisis and are pregnant, postpartum or have a child under five years old can apply for WIC services by texting APPLY to 91997, calling WIC at 888-942-2229, or visiting www.phfewic.org/apply.
Los Angeles Community Fridges- Click here to view a map of Los Angeles Community Fridge Locations
Free/ Subsidized Diapers
One of our MSW interns put together this list of Southern California organizations that offer free or subsidized diapers to low-income families. You can find other options on 211LA.org, One Degree, and NationalDiaperBankNetwork.org, all of which allow you to search by ZIP code. Some local food pantries and churches also sometimes have diapers available to those in need. For those interested in cloth diapers, check out 10 Ways to Build a Modern Cloth Diaper Stash–on the Cheap, which recommends the service Giving Diapers, Giving Hope (GivingDiapersGivingHope.org).
Click here for our full list of local free/subsidized diaper options.
Free TAP Cards:
We are participating in Metro's GoPass Fareless Pass Program (also known as FSI) to provide free TAP cards to any YouthBuild Charter School of California student who needs one. These special TAP cards allow students to ride Metro buses and trains for free, as well as on the following other local transit systems: DASH buses, Culver CityBus, Long Beach Transit, Montebello Bus, Norwalk Transit, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, and City of Commerce.
If you are a student and need a GoPass/ FSI TAP card, you can either tell your counselor or text 213-741-2600.
Foster Youth Resources:
LACOE has created a COVID-19 Resource Guide to Assist Students in Foster Care. Click here to view.
iFoster is currently helping foster youth get access to smartphones and hotspots with unlimited data to stream their classes, as well as tablets, Chromebooks, and laptops. You MUST be a current or former foster youth and current student at a college, high school or middle school to be eligible. Click here to apply.
One Simple Wish is also offering help with laptops, among other resources: https://www.onesimplewish.org (available to current/former foster youth only)
Get Help Managing Stress and Anxiety/ Mindfulness:
CDC: The CDC has compiled resources here for coping with stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Headspace is offering free online meditations to help with stress and anxiety during COVID-19. Click here to listen.
UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Resource Center (MARC) put together an excellent PDF of guided mindful awareness recordings for stress reduction. Click here to view/download the PDF.
Get Help With Substance Abuse and Recovery
Mental Health Resources
Department of Mental Health’s Guide to Wellbeing:
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health put together the below “Guide to Wellbeing” brochure, which includes apps for physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing. Click here to view/download the PDF.
Support for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault:
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 1-800-799-7233 and through chat.
Helpline Youth Counseling: In response to COVID-19, HYC has implemented telehealth and telephone service options to provide access to help for children, adolescents, and parents/caregivers. English and Spanish language services available. To qualify, you must identify as a survivor of intimate partner violence, be 18+, and live within SPA 7 or 8. Click here to learn more
Trans Lifeline: A peer support crisis hotline for trans folx, call 877-565-8860 more info here: https://www.translifeline.org/blog/post/trans-community-and-covid
Trans/ queer relief assistance form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfO1Ws5YgKFMXKu9CSh_WUVCznssExW6bnJpom5JsP24XwCLQ/viewform
Navigating COVID-19 and Chest Binding: Tips for respiratory health for Trans and Non-Binary people who bind thier chest: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9u3L6mjg8x
The Coronavirus: What Trans People Need to Know: Creating a Plan of action for trans folx: https://transequality.org/covid19
Queer Elder Hotline for Stress or Anxiety: SAGE, an advocacy & services group for LGBT Elders, has a national 24/7 hotline for elders if they are feeling stress or anxiety at 1-877-360-LGBT / 1-877-360-5428 more info here: https://www.sageusa.org/coronavirus
Queer Anxiety Virtual Support: Queer Healing Oasis is offering an anxiety virtual support non-clinical space to share & cope. For more info email [email protected] or call 818-233-1079, more info here: https://www.queerhealingoasis.com
The Trevor Project: Support network specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Text START to 678678 for the 24-hour text line or call 1-866-488-7386
Teenline: Teens helping teens. Non-emergency local hotline for advice, listening ears, or just someone to talk to. Call 1-310-855-4673 from 6pm-10pm or text text TEEN to 839863
GLBT National Youth Talkline: provides phone, online private on-to-one chat and email peer support, as well as information and local resources for cities and towns across the US. Call 1-800-246-7743
Undocumented Community Resources:
- Resource guide created by California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance available at https://ciyja.org/covid19/
- CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles) has a free hotline you can call if you think you have the Coronavirus at 888-624-4752. In California, immigrants have access to emergency care regardless of immigration status. More information here: https://www.chirla.org/avada_portfolio/community-education/
- Tangible Support for Undocumented Communities during COVID-19 by the organization Immigrants Rising , you can also contact them by emailing [email protected]
Coronavirus Testing for the Uninsured in Los Angeles County:
Coronavirus FAQs for Immigrants:
Protecting Immigrant Families is a great website with information tied to immigrants and COVID19. Click here to view.