Homeless Support Services

Employment Programs For Participants
Who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness



Is an innovative, collaborative partnership that unites the City and County of Los Angeles’ Workforce Development System with non-profit social enterprises and for-profit employers in order to help men and women with high barriers to employment get good jobs and stay employed. LA:RISE is building a pathway from unemployment, to transitional employment, to permanent work for youth or individuals who have been previously homeless or incarcerated. Funded initially by the Department of Labor through a Workforce Innovation Fund grant, thanks to its early success, LA:RISE is now funded locally by a City of LA General Fund allocation, LA County Measure H, and workforce funding.

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This a career pathway program for job-ready adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Los Angeles County. The program provides individuals with paid employment skills training & wrap around services through multi-agency collaboration. Upon successful completion, participants will be placed into high-road career pathways providing full-time, unsubsidized employment with Union partners. The HireUP Career Pathway Program is open to those individuals who are work-ready and experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness.

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Careers for a Cause

Is an effort to train individuals in serving the homeless population. The program prepares students for a career in social services, matching these individuals with homeless service providers for employment at the end of the program. Careers for a Cause was developed by the Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, in partnership with Los Angeles County’s Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services Department (WDACS), Los Angeles Southwest College, St. Joseph’s Center, and the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE-Z) to expand the County’s homeless services industry. The eight-week program offered career exploration and assessment, job shadowing, skills training, on-the-job coaching, and job retention support. In addition, students received wrap-around support services and a stipend.

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Alternate Staffing Organizations (ASO)

Program aims to assist those affected by homelessness in the Los Angeles County region into subsidized temporary employment positions with the long-term goal of financial stability through stable employment in high-growth industries. The goal is to serve a total of 2,250 individuals and have 75% placed in temporary employment retain either temporary or permanent employment for at least 26 weeks. 50% of participants that transition from temporary employment are expected to gain permanent employment. Goodwill is expected to serve 750 individuals and First Step Staffing is expected to serve 1,500 individuals.

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Housing, Welfare and Meals Programs


This initiative is a community network working together to combat the homeless crisis. Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) have collaborated to create Home2Work strategy that streamlines the process of connecting Rapid Re-housing (RRH) participants to services offered by WDACS through the Los Angeles County America’s Job Centers of California (AJCCs). A critical component of RRH programs is increasing participant income. As such, the Home2Work Pilot provides a formal process for LAHSA housing providers to refer participants to AJCCs. The goal is to increase the economic self-sufficiency of those served.

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HOME is the umbrella name for all homeless efforts related to workforce development in LA County and includes the Measure H funding distributed by WDACS to the other Workforce Development Boards (WDB). During this global pandemic, LAHSA is working with the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health along with the Department of Health Services, Department of Mental Health and other key Federal partners to promote effective hygiene, to prevent and address potential Coronavirus infections among those experiencing homelessness, and to instruct individuals on how to keep safe.

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Adult Protective Services (APS) Home Safe Program

APS Home Safe Program provides APS clients who are at risk of becoming homeless with homelessness prevention services necessary to maintain their current housing or with assistance in finding new housing to avoid becoming homeless and entering the homeless emergency shelter system. On December 2018, California Department of Social Services (CDSS) allocated funds to Los Angeles County as one of 24 counties selected to implement the APS Home Safe Program. Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) contracted with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and service providers in each Los Angeles County Service Planning Area to implement the APS Home Safe Program from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021.

For more information contact apshomesafe@ad.lacounty.gov

Emergency Food Assistance Program

WDACS also provides food assistance to people in need including individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Please contact your local center for more information.

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