Comprehensive Resource List for Seniors and Low-Income Residents

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Published on Thursday, 15 January 2015 16:22
Written by Stevie Rutherford
Did you know that residents of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County have a considerable number of free or sliding scale resources, support and information services available? 

Stevie Rutherford  is an amazing and highly accomplished local Go Getter.  One of her many passions has been her focus on the Senior Community. She wrote, produced and hosted, the long running cable television series “Options in Eldercare” interviewing many noted heath care leaders, individuals who had endured catastrophic health issues and nationally recognized medical experts and elder/disabled professionals. This led to her documentary “Options in Eldercare: Preparation Before Need.” Her next major publication was “Disability and Eldercare Resource Guide: A 1001 Tips,” and is dedicated to families with disabled and elderly family members.  She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ms. Rutherford graciously agreed to put together a very comprehensive resource list for our community. CUT IT OUT AND SAVE IT.  We at TNN are sure you will use it one day.  

3-1-1  for information on services within L.A.

Provides immediate access to information of more than 1,500 non-emergency city services. Calls are answered from 8 am to 4:45 pm everyday by agents who are trained to provide information or refer calls for service to the correct City agency the first time.  Service is available in English, Spanish, the hearing or speech impaired, in more than 150 other languages through the use of language translation services.

2-1-1or (800) 339-6993

211LA County provides free, confidential services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English, Spanish and more than 140 other languages via a tele-interpreting service.  Services are also provided for individuals with hearing impairments.

Cityride  (213),(310),(323) or 818 area codes then dial 808-7433

Transportation assistance program available, for persons 65 or older or disabled in Los Angeles and select areas of Los Angeles County. 

Paratransit (213),(310),(323)or 818 area codes then dial 808-7433

Transportation door-to-door program for frail seniors and disabled that need assistance with accessing and utilizing transportation. Call for additional information.

Access Services  (323) 780-9777 Service/Intake

Pickup and drop off transportation provider for senior or disabled residents.  Fees for travel are minimal, caregiver can travel with rider. Call for information and scheduling.

Domestic Violence Hotline 800-978-3600 The confidential service is available 24-hours a day - 365-days a year, The Domestic Violence Program, Shelter-Based Operations provide emergency or transitional housing and services exclusively dedicated to survivors of domestic violence. Emergency shelters offer refuge for up to 90 days. Transitional shelters offer refuge for 6-18 months.  

Bulky Item Pick UP (800) 773-2489  (213) 473-4180

Everyone is encouraged to recycle your bulky items through charitable organizations and thrift stores. If you are unable to do so, the Bureau of Sanitation (BOS) will pick-up large or bulky household items, such as mattresses, couches, and other furniture from residents serviced by the City of Los Angeles. 

Rent Payment Assistance.   2-1-1

Help with paying rent may be available from the County of Los Angeles.  Call Los Angeles County’s 2-1-1 for more information.

Senior Citizen Lifeline Rate/Los Angeles Department of Water and Power   800-342-5397

Permanently disabled and senior citizens over the age of 62 may be able to apply for a monthly discount on their utility bills. 

The Handyworker  (213) 808-8803  

Program provides free minor home repairs to low-income senior (62 years and older) or disabled resident homeowners or homeowners with disabled relatives residing with them. Emergency repairs that directly affect the health and safety of occupants are also provided to other low-income homeowners. 

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power  800-342-5397

LADWP fully support the federal government funded Low Income Energy Program. It involves a partnership of local governments and well as nonprofit organizations, and cash grants can help pay heating, cooling.   

AIDS Patients (213) 202-2750

Support services for residents living with HIV/AIDS.  Information and referrals for AIDS Testing Sites are also available. 

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