Union Rescue Mission
Volunteers of America
With two locations on skid row, the organization offers shelter, food, clothing, vocational training and treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. http://www.voala.org
The organization provides services for the homeless and mentally ill, and is a leader in the discussion of innovative solutions to homelessness. http://www.weingart.org
SRO Housing Corp.
This agency develops and manages housing for people who might otherwise be homeless. (213) 229-9640
Little Tokyo Service Center
The center provides a range of social services, including family counseling. It also sponsors downtown housing projects. http://www.ltsc.org
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