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Agencies that Provide Assistance

The following are benefits/resources individuals or families living independently may be eligible to receive.


AT & T – Accessibility Resources
1(800) 772-3140 (voice only)

1(800) 651-5111 (TTY only)

1(800) 400-6868 (Spanish voice and TTY)

Adaptive telecommunication equipment.

California Assistive Technology System (CATS)
800-900-0707 TTY Equipment

Ability Tools
100 G Street #100
Sacramento, CA 95814

Information on obtaining assistive devices and services.

California Relay Service
 Dial 711 to reach the California Relay Service (CRS). Dialing 711 is for everyone, not just those who have difficulty hearing on a standard telephone. Friends, family, and business contacts can dial 711 for relay calls, too.

California Department of Developmental Services

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
California Department of Community Services and Development
Utility payment assistance for residents of California.

Phone lines are open Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 1:00 pm to 3:00pm

In-Home Supportive Services

The IHSS Program will help pay for services provided to you so that you can remain safely in your own home. To be eligible, you must be over 65 years of age, or disabled, or blind.  Disabled children are also potentially eligible for IHSS.  IHSS is considered an alternative to out-of-home care, such as nursing homes or board and care facilities.

The types of services which can be authorized through IHSS are housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services (such as bowel and bladder care, bathing, grooming and paramedical services), accompaniment to medical appointments, and protective supervision for the mentally impaired.

Legal Aid of Santa Monica/ City of Santa Monica Human Services Dept.
Special Santa Monica Task Force to help persons who reside in Santa Monica in subsidized housing and need assistance with landlords.

Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)

128 Crossroads Parkway South
City of Industry, CA 91746-3411

(562) 908-8400
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Monday thru Thursday 7:00am to 6:00 pm

General information on CalWORKS (AFDC), food stamps, Medi-Cal, IHSS and General Relief (GR).
In-Home Support Services (IHSS): 888-944-4477 Applications/Service/Intake
Medi-Cal: 213-744-5611
Los Angeles County Social Services
2707 S. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007

-friendship-program/">Meals on Wheels  West  for People &  PETS
No matter why a person is unable to leave home, a recent hospital stay, poor health, accident or disability, they often face the major difficulties of poor nutrition, limited mobility and isolation. Meals On Wheels West is a part of the solution. We deliver medically appropriate meals and a wellness check to our homebound clients.

Miss Lilly’s Pet Program – Meals for Pets

Many Meals On Wheels West clients enjoy the companionship of pets. People with pets feel less isolated, are happier and healthier. Meals On Wheels West cares and helps keep our clients and their beloved companions together.

Meals on Wheels
For elderly and disabled persons who are unable to cook for themselves. Persons may qualify for meals to be delivered to their home. The delivery times and costs will vary. Contact the city located near you.

Beverly Hills 310-423-3517
Culver City 310-253-6712
Culver Palms 310-559-0666
Gardena 310-217-9552
Inglewood 310-412-5338
Santa Monica 310-394-5133
Santa Monica 310-394-8971
West L.A. 310-208-4028

Proxy Parent Foundation – Proxy Parent Foundation safeguards public benefits for disabled persons through the PLAN of California Master Pooled Trust and provides “family like” Personal Support Services for people with mental illness and other brain disorders.  To learn more click here.

Public Health Foundation -Women, Infants, Children (WIC) Program
Los Angeles County Health Services

12781 Schabarum Ave
Irwindale, CA 91706

A supplemental food program providing nutrition, education and coupons for purchasing specific foods. Program serves low income pregnant women, infants and small children.

Social Security Administration 800-772-1213 (General information telephone number.) Provides monthly financial support to eligible persons. The following are offices located in the areas WRC serve.

3750 S. Robertson Blvd.
Culver City, CA
230 E. Spruce Ave.
Inglewood, CA
11500 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) (562) 908-8400

General information on CalWORKS (AFDC), food stamps, Medi-Cal, IHSS and General Relief (GR).

In-Home Support Services (IHSS): 888-944-4477 application only.

Medi-Cal: 213-744-5611

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/SSA, Social Security Administration – Provides monthly financial support to eligible persons.

Social Security Administration

Generally, the Social Security Administration office does not publish direct telephone numbers to local offices. They ask that you call them toll free at 1(800) SSA-1213, for TTY 1(800)325-0778).

The following offices are located in the area WRC serves –

230 E. Spruce Ave.
Inglewood, CA.

11500 W. Olympic Blvd, suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Westside Center for Independent Living - WCIL is dedicated to assisting persons with disabilities and seniors achieve and maintain self-directed and community based independent lives. This is accomplished in a non-residential environment with support services and training programsprovided by their peers.