Gas Company Discounts for Low or Fixed Income Families

Is your annual household income for one person as low as $30,500? Then you may be eligible for a 20% discount on your natural gas bill through the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program.  I applied for my elderly mother who has savings but whose main income is Social Security payments, and I was surprised by how easy the process was.  I applied online within minutes, no documentation was required and the 20% discount was reflected on mom’s next utility bill. If you have 2 people in the household, an annual income of $35,800 is the minimum requirement, $43,200 for 3 people, $50,600 for 4, etc.  Or if you or anyone in your household is receiving Med-Cal, WIC, Food Stamps or Supplemental Social Security Income, you’re eligible.
 or Call 800 427-2200
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Tom Bradley Family Source Center

The Tom Bradley FamilySource Center is committed to continuing the community service legacy of the late Mayor Tom Bradley by coordinating resources and services to assist, enrich, and empower individuals, youth and families.

5213 W. Pico Boulevard  90019  323-692-0669

Financial Literacy – How to use the banking system
Preparing for Employment.
Court Ordered Parenting Classes
Income Tax Preparation (VITA)
Adult Education (ESL)

The Delta Sigma Theta Seniors

The Delta Sigma Theta Seniors catered meals program invites you to have lunch at one of their nutrition sites.

These lunches are served daily, Monday through Friday, and offer mature adults well-balanced, hot meals and socialization. Transportation services to and from the sites are available along with home delivered meals when needed. Enjoy the experience!

Betty Hill Senior Center
3570 S. Denker Avenue
Los Angeles 90018
(323) 733-1946


The Christian Food Center

The  Christian Food Center is an 18 year-old non-profit organization that provides basic food staples to disadvantaged families living in Los Angeles County.

Cost for individuals is $10.00 per year to be a member and then $25.00 to obtain one week supply of food to feed a family of five. They distribute Meats, Processed Foods, Bread, Beans, Rice, Cereal, Pasta, Milk and Milk Derivates, Canned Goods, Fresh Fruits, and Vegetables and an inside regular store is on location. You get to choose your own vegetables and they supply milk, meat, canned goods. You will not believe this!
Who Is Eligible: AFDC, SSI, GR, WIC, CalWORKS, Disability, Food Stamp Program, Unemployment, Fully

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Dio’s International Missionary Church

They give away free food, personal items and clothings. Distribution of personal items and clothing varies, based on availability.

All Year Round: Distribution of food is twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays at 4:00pm. with special distribution during Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. 323.730.1906
Sat, Dec 11 7:00 pm:
Free Annual Gospel concert, with refreshment.
Saturday, Dec. 18 2:00 pm:
Annual Christmas party for the community.  Senior citizens are served first.
Friday, Dec. 24, 7:00pm:
Free Annual Christmas Carol

All Are Welcome, No Requirement.  4335 W. Adams Blvd. 90018 (east of Crenshaw)

FAME First American Methodist Church

Biddy Mason, a woman of  extraordinary vision, began her life as a slave in the 1800s. While still a young woman she was granted her freedom and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a successful career as a nurse and midwife. Biddy saved her money and bought and developed one of the first commercial properties in the commercial district of downtown Los Angeles.  In 1872 she received a vision to establish a small church that eventually became the First African Methodist Episcopal Church or FAME as it is most popularly referred to.  The congregation now has over 19,000 members and several dozen ministries within 13 corporations.

Fulfilling Biddy Mason’s vision of creating a church that ministers to mind, body and soul, FAME has extensive community programs that offer valuable low cost and free services to the community. We present a few of them here:
Legal Services
The FAME Legal Clinic provides services to low-income residents in the greater Los Angeles area. Their staff of dedicated volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students provide services in the following areas:Bankruptcy, Child Custody, Civil Criminal (Expunging Criminal Records – New Service), Divorce, Employment, Landlord & Tenant Disputes, Personal Injury, Probate, Real Estate, Social Security. FAME does NOT represent clients. Hours of Operation: Sundays: November 7th and 21st and December 5th and 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. To volunteer or for more information call Petra Kubalkova (323) 730-7700 Ext. 5027


Saban Free Clinic

The Saban Community Clinic provides free high-quality and compassionate medical and dental care, social services and education and outreach to men, women and children in need.

While services are free to the community, they will assist you in determining if you qualify for one or more of their programs.  They can also help you determine your eligibility for Medi-Cal and help you get a Benefits Information Card (BIC) if you do not already have one.  If you do have a BIC please bring it with you.

5205 Melrose Avenue (Corner of Wilton Pl.)

What they take care of:
Primary, preventive and specialty care for adults and children, Prenatal care, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Continuity care for diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions,  Optometry, Pharmacy/Medications, Cancer screenings, DiagSABnostic and laboratory services, Sexually transmitted disease diagnosis and treatment, High-risk youth services, Chiropractic care, Physical therapy, Rapid HIV testing, Wellness classes, including nutrition, yoga and diabetes education


T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Clinic

For more than three decades, T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Clinic, Inc. has been improving the well-being of in-need, underserved communities in Los Angeles

T.H.E.Clinic provides access to high-quality healthcare and preventive education for all, regardless of ability to pay, while being mindful of the diverse cultural, social and economic factors that make up the foundation of the community.
They provide a one stop haven for a wide range of services all designed to treat the “whole” person—body, mind, and spirit. and offer more services than we could list here, so we encourage you to contact them to discuss your individual needs.


The Village Health Foundation

The Village Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2001, by Jewel Thais-Williams. Their main mission is to provide affordable, accessible, and effective professional services in complementary medicine, including herbs and acupuncture, to the community.  They originally began as a natural healthcare clinic offering nontoxic treatments for people with HIV/AIDS. Their activities have expanded to include treatments for a wide range of diseases treating clients who are at risk for, or who have already developed, diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, arthritis, heart disease, chronic diseases, and/or have any variety of pain issues.


Southern California Counseling Center

Since 1967, the SCCC has been an important resource for the community. Our sliding fee counseling and outreach services are directed to that segment of the community who otherwise would not have access to services.
It is the mission of the Southern California Counseling Center to provide high-quality psychological counseling to those of limited income and to develop and maintain responsive programs meeting the psychological needs of Southern California’s multi-cultural community.




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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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