• Kim Gibson, MS, ATR, LPCC

If you are worried about yourself or a loved one & need some direction on who to contact if you are

Updated: Feb 2


First step, is find out what SPA area you are in. SPA stands for Service Planning Area.

A Service Planning Area is a specific geographic region within Los Angeles County. Due to the large size of LA County (4,300 square miles), it has been divided into 8 service provider areas. You can always call 211 and they can tell you what SPA area you are in. But below is a general guide to the regions and the corresponding SPA number.

SPA 1 = Antelope Valley

SPA 2 = San Fernando Valley

SPA 3 = San Gabriel region

SPA 4 = Metro region (Hancock Park, Los Feliz, Boyle Heights, Hollywood Hills, Korea Town Eagle Rock, Hollywood, Chinatown, El Sereno Park, La Brea, Echo Park, Glassell Park, Mount Olympus, Westlake, Highland Park, Silverlake, & Monterey Hills)

SPA 5 = West Los Angeles Area (Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Pacific Palisades, Malibu Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Venice, Westchester & Westwood)

SPA 6 = South LA (Compton, Crenshaw, Florence, Lynwood, Paramount, Rosewood, Watts West Adams, Willowbrook, & Windsor Hills).

SPA 7 = East LA (Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Norwalk, Signal Hill, City of Commerce, East Los Angeles, Montebello, Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Downey, Huntington Park, Maywood, South Gate, Vernon, La Habra Heights, Pico, Rivera Santa Fe Springs)

SPA 8 = South Bay (Avalon, Carson, El Segundo, Gardena, Palos, Hawthorne Ranch, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, & Torrance)


Within each SPA area, there is one agency that is designated to be the CES center. CES stands for Coordinated Entry Service. This is the agency that you need to contact if you are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. The CES agency will be able to provide instruction on how to obtain a shelter bed if needed, local food pantries, case management services, employment assistance, etc. They can help you apply for benefits.

LA County also has rapid rehousing programs which can sometimes provide assistance to help keep someone housed. So for example, an agency may have funds for preventative services. If you have an eviction notice, they may be able to provide rental assistance to keep you housed and help get you caught up. The key is reaching out quickly and getting connected so a team of professionals who can help & know what is available. Here is a link to more info on CES: https://www.lahsa.org/documents?id=1500-coordinated-entry-system-ces-brochure.pdf


Here is a list of the CES agencies for each SPA area. Also, remember you can always call 211 and they direct you to your nearest CES agency too.


SPA 1 | ANTELOPE VALLEY

ADULTS, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES

Valley Oasis

valleyoasis.org

661-942-2758


SPA 2 | SAN FERNANDO AND SANTA CLARITA VALLEY

ADULTS, FAMILIES

LA Family Housing, Family

lafh.org

818-255-2766

LA Family Housing, Single Adults

818-255-2703


YOUTH

The Village Family Services

thevillagefs.org

818-755-8786


SPA 3 | SAN GABRIEL VALLEY


Union Station Homeless Services

unionstationhs.org

Families: 626-337-0140

Adults: 626-791-6610


YOUTH

Hathaway Sycamore Child

& Family Services

hathaway-sycamores.org

626-395-7100


SPA 4 | METRO LA

ADULTS

The People Concern

213-488-9559

opcc.net


YOUTH

Los Angeles LGBT Center

lalgbtcenter.org

323-993-7400


FAMILIES

PATH

epath.org

323-644-2200


SPA 5 | WEST LA

ADULTS, FAMILIES:

St. Joseph’s Center

stjosephctr.org

310-396-6468


YOUTH

Safe Place for Youth

safeplaceforyouth.org

310-902-2283


SPA 6 | SOUTH LA

ADULTS

SSG Hopics

hopics.org

323-948-0444


YOUTH

CRCD

coalitionrcd.org

213-743-6193


FAMILIES

SSG Hopics

hopics.org

323-948-0444


SPA 7 | EAST/SOUTH LA

ADULTS

PATH

epath.org

323-644-2200


YOUTH

Jovenes Inc.

jovenesinc.org

323-260-8035

FAMILIES

Whole Child

thewholechild.info

562-692-0383


SPA 8 | SOUTH BAY

ADULTS, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES

Harbor Interfaith

harborinterfaith.org







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