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Free housing, shelters and hostels, etc.

Los Angeles Mission offers daily meals, shelter (with dinner starting at at 5:30 p.m.), and breakfast.

303 East 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 629-1227


The People's Republic of Santa Monica is the place to go for free living.

Go to the Hare Krishna temple for free vegetarian food.

Although 99 Cents Only Stores are a corporate chain, they are probably the cheapest place to get food in Los Angeles. Locations are found in most neighborhoods in L.A. If you want to spend slightly more but get food of extremely high quality, including health foods, vegetarian foods, etc. go to Trader Joe's, which is a corporate chain but which is known for treating its employees well. Trader Joe's locations tend to be found in upper income areas of Los Angeles (although, curiously, there is no Trader Joe's in Beverly Hills, despite its presence in similar areas). Whole Foods lets customers walk around the store with food. They have a self-serve area with food that you can eat in the store and not get hassled. When items are bought they put a paid sticker on it; you can rip one off and copy it. Then just tape them to food or pass them out.

Many churches have food banks. It is best to ask about this.

Missions, due to misguided city policies, tend to be concentrated in downtown L.A. While parts of downtown have become gentrified, there are still large parts of downtown that live up to the area's reputation as one of the most dangerous areas in the Western United States. Missions such as the Midnight Mission and the Catholic Worker are located in sections of downtown that are dangerous even during the day. There are also facilities to help the homeless and poor located in Hollywood and Santa Monica; while the latter city is generally quite safe, its inhabitants (generally upper middle class and middle class and mostly white) are known for being extremely hostile towards those who look obviously homeless, and there have been reports of homeless looking people having bottles thrown at them, being harassed, and having been run over by brand new SUVs. Nearby Venice also has some facilities to help the homeless, however gang members (both local and from other neighborhoods) have been known to rape and kill homeless looking people as part of initiation rituals at night. Use caution unless you look "respectable" (which means little more than not looking obviously homeless in generally tolerant Venice).

Food on Foot (food and clothing handouts) - Sundays in Hollywood @ 3:15 P.M.

1625 N. Schrader Blvd., In the private parking lot in back of the Gay and Lesbian Center (Schrader is one block west of Wilcox, between Sunset & Hollywood Blvds.)

Medical Care[edit]

Planned parenthood, free clinics, free medical advice, Medicare resources, low-cost clinics, etc.

Union Rescue Mission - Provides health services, meals, shelter, etc.

545 S. San Pedro Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 347-6300

Legal Aid[edit]

ACLU of Southern California

Executive Director: Ramona Ripston
1616 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: 213-977-9500

Armed Forces/Deployment Avoidance Counseling[edit]

Legal aid, resources, etc.


See Free Play section, include details for this city.

Pools. If your in a neighbor hood with apartments and want to swim you can just go into the complexes and swim you can say you know someone. When public pools are open you can shower in the showers they have.

Parks. When people have parties say you know someone and get free food and drinks.

Museums. The Moca in little Tokyo always has outside exhibits.

Since many TV shows are filmed in the Los Angeles/Hollywood area, these shows are often looking for random people to fill up a studio audience. Many of these shows are talk shows, such as Jimmy Kimmel Live and Conan; and there are game shows that are taped in Los Angeles like Wheel Of Fortune. These shows tape all the time and sometimes allow you to get free audience tickets from their websites. TVTix is a good resource for free audience tickets, but not all shows have tickets available through their site. A good game show to be in the audience of is The Price Is Right, because they pick audience members to be contestants, so it's possible that you could walk out with some free money as well.


General weather, traffic, news resources, etc.

Underground Papers[edit]



California has an alternative program for those without a high school diploma to enter college see here for more info.

Public Transit[edit]

Public transportation in Los Angeles could be considered absolutely horrendous outside of the area covered by the Metro Rail, Los Angeles' lone essentially free subway line, which runs from downtown LA to North Hollywood in the southeastern San Fernando Valley (passing through Mid-Wilshire, Korea town, Silver Lake, and Hollywood). However, it is slowly improving after years of neglect.

The Blue Line light rail connects downtown with Long Beach, and the Gold Line light rail goes to Highland Park and East L.A. The MTA bus lines go down most major east-west streets and many north-south streets. Due to Los Angeles County being filled with a number of different municipalities, there are also other bus lines ; San Gabriel Valley Rapid Transit in the San Gabriel Valley, and the Culver City and Santa Monica bus lines on the West Side.

The Metro Gold line runs from Los Angeles to Northern Pasadena. If 1.25 for one way is too much, you can wait behind someone who buys a ticket and hit the give recite button, and say you lost your ticket and show the cops that.

Free Clothing and Furniture[edit]

Most towns in the LA area have one or two Goodwill stores. They sell lots of used items, including clothes and furniture, for very cheap. If you find a Goodwill in a wealthy area, you'll have a good chance of getting some fairly decent clothes at a bargain. There are sometimes rich people that buy overpriced(albeit nice) clothing from the mall, get bored with it after a week, and then dump it off at a Goodwill. If you need some halfway decent clothes for an interview and you're low on cash, this is the place to go.

Freedom's Way Baptist Church in Newhall (an unincorporated part of LA County) gives away clothes free of charge every 2nd Sunday of the month between 8am and 10am.

22743 15th St.
Newhall, CA 91321

Assorted Freebies[edit]

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Salvation Army



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Original Fuck Los Angeles[edit]



There are several crash pads and communes that will put you up for a few nights. Call the Free Clinic at 938-9141. Floor space is available at the Sans Souce Temple on S. Ardmore. Women's Emergency Lodge at 912 W. 9th St. (627-5571) will put up women without a place to stay or make referrals. Resistance (386-9645) and Green Power (HQ 9-5184) will be helpful if you have to crash. Sleeping on the beaches is out, but the roofs are cool. The Midnite Mission at 396 S. Los Angeles (624-9258) has room and board for some boarders. The parks and streets are certain bust material. The L.A. pigs are matched in brutality only by their fellow hoggers in Chicago and South Africa. Every L.A. cop is nine feet of solid chrome. Bite his toes and down he goes.


Green Power Feeds Millions is a unique organization serving the nets of people. They provide food for festivals, cancers, demonstrations, be-ins, sit-ins and similar events for free. In addition they supply a number of communes and serve food every Sunday in Griffith Park, the central get-together spot in Los Angeles. Call them at HO 9-5184 or 938-9141 for information and also to offer your help.

Free vegetarian lunch can be found at the W. Hollywood Presbyterian Church at Sunset and Martel (874-1816). For supper, try the Midnite Mission, 396 S. Los Angeles Street; God Squas, 1412 N. Crescent Heights Blvd. (near Sunset), and His Place, Sunset and La Cienega.

The Half-Price Bakery at Third and Hill St. gives away free bakery goods late at night and you can always bum a meal in any Clifton's Cafeteria with a good story.

The Watts Trojan House is a free store that provides not only food, both clothing and a variety of other items and service. They are located at 1822 E. 103rd St. The County Welfare Department at 2707 S. Grand (near Adams Street) has a liberal food stamp program (746-0522).


  • The Free Clinic at 115 N. Fairfax Ave. (938-9141) is very popular and provides a number of services at various hours such as:
    • Job Co-ops--Monday through Friday, 10:00-4:00 PM.
    • Medical--Monday through Friday, 5:30-10:00 PM. Saturday 12:30-5:00 PM.
    • Dental--Monday through Thursday, 7-10 PM.
    • Counseling-Psychiatric, Monday through Friday, 6-10 PM.
    • Legal Monday through Friday, 7-10 PM
    • Draft-Monday through Thursday, 7:30-10:00 PM.
    • Pregnancy and Abortion--Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 7:30. Saturday 1:30 PM
    • Birth Control-Monday through Friday, 6-7 PM. Saturday 2-3 PM.
  • The Foothill Clinic, 547 E. Union in Pasadena (795-8088) offers similar services free of charge. Call them for a schedule of hours. Venereal Diseases are treated in the evenings at a clinic maintained by the Committee to Eradicate Syphillis. They are found at 5205 Melrose Ave., Hollywood (870-2524).
  • In Venice use the free Youth Clinic at 905 Venice Blvd. (near Lincoln). The services are varied and they are only open evenings. Call 399-7743 and they'll help you.
  • For specialized problems try:
    • Drugs--Narcotics Anonymous (463-3123)
    • Abortion-The Woman's Center, 1027 S. Crenshaw (near Olympic Blvd.) Wednesdays at 7:30 PM.
    • Mental--Central City Community Mental Health Center, 4272 S. Broadway (232-2441)
    • Suicide Prevention Center, 2521 W. Pico (381-5111)
  • District Health Centers provide many free services. For exact information, call the center or write to:
    • County of Los Angeles Health Department, Public Health Education Division, 220 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90012. Ask for a list and information about their health services.
      • EAST LOS ANGELES-670 S. Ferris Ave. 261-3191.
      • SUBCENTER--MARAVILLA - 915 N. Bonnie Beach Pl. 264-6910.
      • HOLLYWOOD-WILSHIRE-5202 Melrose Ave. 464-0121.
      • SUBCENTER-WEST HOLLYWOOD-621 N. San Vincente Blvd. 652-3090.
      • NORTH HOLLYWOOD-5300 Tujunga Ave. 766-3981.
      • SUBCENTERS-PACOIMA--13300 Van Nuys Blvd. 899-0231.
      • TUJUNGA--7747 Foothill Blvd. 352-1417.
      • SOUTH-1522 E. 102 St. 564-6801
      • SUBCENTER--FLORENCE-Firestone-8019 Compton Ave 583-6241.
      • SOUTHEAST - 4920 Avalon Blvd. 231-2161.
      • SOUTHWEST - 3834 S.Western Ave. 731-8541.


  • The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles at 106 3rd St. (628-9126) provides help in civil matters.
  • The ACLU of Southern California is located at 323 W. Fifth St. (MA 6-5156).


  • AFSC - 980 N. Fair Oaks, Pasadena 91103 (791-1978)
  • Black Community Draft Assistance-7228 S. Broadway, LA 90003 (778-0710)
  • Catholic Peace Assn.--911 Malcolm Ave., Westwood 90024 (474-2683)
  • Counterdraft-PO Box 74881, LA 90004
  • East LA Peace Center-409 N. Soto, LA 90033 (261-2047)
  • Episcopal Draft Counseling Center-514 W. Adams Blvd., LA 90004 (748-4662)
  • Fellowship for Reconciliation 4356½ Melrose, LA 90029 (666-0145)
  • First Unitarian Church-2936 W. Eighth St., LA 90005 (389-1356)
  • Free Clinic-115 N. Fairfax, LA 90036 (938-9141)
  • L.A. Comm. for Defense of Bill of Rights-(MA 5-2169)
  • L.A. Draft Help-1018 S. Hill St., LA (RI 7-5461)
  • Myra House-191 N. Sunkist, West Covina (338-9636)
  • Northeast Peace Center-5682 York Blvd., LA 90042 (257-2004)
  • Peace House-724 Morengo, Pasadena 91103 (449-8228)
  • Resistance-507 N. Hoover, LA 90004
  • The Resistance-11317 Santa Monica Blvd., Westwood 90024 (478-2374)
  • SFVSC-Student Service Center, Admissions and Records Office, San Fernando Valley State College, Northridge (349-1200, ext. 1181)
  • UCLA Draft Counseling Center--UCLA Law School, 405 Hilgard Ave., LA 90024 (746-6092)
  • USC Counseling Center-Gould Law School, University Park, Student Union Bldg., Rm. 217 (746-6092)
  • Valley Peace Center-7105 Hayvenhurst, Van Nuys 91406 (787-6925). Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
  • Venice Draft Info Center--73 Market St., Venice 90291 (399-5812)
  • War Resisters League-1046 N. Sweetzer, LA 90069 (654-4491)
  • Westside Jewish Community Center-5870 W. Olympic Blvd., LA 90046 (938-2531)
  • Women Strike for Peace-5899 W. Pico Blvd., LA 90019 (937-0236)



Los Angeles has 14 miles of beaches extending from north of Pacific Palisades to Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro.

Will Rogers Beach State Park, 15100 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, extends north three miles from the Santa Monica city limits to a point near Topanga Canyon. This beach has a large, popular surfing area.

Venice Beach, 2100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, extends from the Santa Monica city limits south to Marina Del Rey. Six acres have been developed into a park with picnic areas, shuffleboard courts and the Venice Beach Pavilion. The huge Venice Fishing Pier is located here, and there is an area for surfing.

Isidore B. Dockweiler Beach State Park, 11401 Vista del Mar Ave. extends from Marina del Ray, south of the city of El Segundo. This beach has 700 fire pits and a surfing area.

Cabrillo Beach, 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro, located at the northern end of Los Angeles Harbor, has picnic areas, fire pits and a section for surfing.

Royal Palms Beach, 1799 Paseo del Mar is equipped with picnic areas and fire pits.


Griffith Park is the largest park and the favorite gathering spot of the local hip community. It's next to the Ventura and State Freeways.

Arroyo Seco Park is located along the Arroyo Seco and has picnic, recreational and bowling-on-the-green facilities. You'll also find the Los Angeles Zoo at 5333 Zoo Drive in the park.

Brand Park and Memory Garden opposite the old Mission San Fernando is a real strange place to go.

Echo Park has the largest artificial lake in Los Angeles. Fishing programs for kids are conducted each summer and electric boats are available for rent.

Hancock Park, located on Wilshire Blvd, between Odgen and Curson, has the LaBrea Tar Pits with prehistoric animal and plant fossils all over the place.

The Exposition Park Rose Garden on Exposition Blvd. is a seven-acre sunken rose garden that smells great.

Founded by Hubert Eaton as "the first step up to heaven," Forest Lawn Memorial Park, overlooking beautiful downtown Glendale has to be the wildest spot around. It is pure L.A. with the largest collection of reproduced statuary in the world. Jean Harlow, Sabu, Clark Gable and other loved ones are tucked away here. You can turn on in front of the Jean Hersholt Memorial, fuck in the Aisle of Benevolence located in the Great Mausoleum, and trip out on a stereo sermon emanating from the giant Mystery of Life sculpture. Far-fucking out!


There are over fifty free museums in the greater Los Angeles area. We are listing those of special interest.

California Museum of Science and Industry-Exposition Park, 749-0101.

Hollywood Wax Museum-6767 Hollywood Blvd. (near Grauman's Chinese Theater).

Los Angeles County Museum of Art-5905 Wilshire Blvd. in Hancock Park, 937-2590.


Every Sunday there are free music concerts in Griffith Park. Movies

U.C.L.A. has a free experimental film series every year. Call them at 825-4321 for a schedule.

Every summer you can catch over 40 free concerts, films, and dance and theatre performances at the California Plaza in Downtown L.A. (Bunker Hill). [1]


The Switchboard in Los Angeles has a 24-hour-a-day service called the Hot Line. It's located at 4650 Sunset Blvd. (663-1015). Call them for the latest in what's going down in the area. The L.A. Free Press at 7813 Beverly Blvd. 937-1970, is always a good source of information. The Black Panther Party Headquarters can be found at 4115 S. Central Ave., 235-4127, or at 9818 Anzac, in Watts, 567-8027. The Traveler's Aid Society has offices in the Greyhound Bus Terminal and International Airport. They provide all kinds of services and information to lost souls or visitors. Generally



The following spots offer clothes,furniture and other household items at low prices:

Goodwill Industries-235 So. Broadway 228-1748; 5208 Whittier 264-1638

St. Vincent de Paul Society-727 N. Broadway 627-8147; 210 San Fernando Rd. 221-6151

The Volunteers of America maintain a number of thrift stores throughout the area. Try 8609 S. Broadway or call 750-9251 for the store near you.

The Salvation Army also has a chain of stores. The main store is at 801 E. 7th St. 620-1270. They can help you there or let you know where you can shop in your area.


You can sell a pint of blood for $10.00 at the Red Cross Blood Bank, 1200 S. Vermont (384-5261).


All sorts of free pets are available at the ASPCA, 5026, W. Jefferson (731-2491).


Los Angeles has a curfew law but you can get a suitable I.D. with photo for $3.50 at Twelfth and Hill Streets.