Who We Are

Since 2003 First to Serve has focused on providing transitional housing, medical, and supportive services to homeless men, women and children in South Los Angeles, all while promoting family reunification, and supporting efforts to assist families in remaining intact. We have around 200 staff members serving an estimated 600 individuals every night at any of our 13 locations across Los Angeles. We partner with the Dept. of Mental Health, LAHSA, the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County to improve our community by providing competent and professional services to these underserved families.

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House of Dignity 1 & 2

FTS provides transitional housing and supportive services for a minimum of fifteen households comprised of disabled and non-disabled women in SPA-6 who are victims of domestic violence. The program provides and coordinates on and off-site supportive services through a network of service providers.

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Transitional Housing

FTS also focuses on the provision of transitional housing and supportive services - including social model substance abuse recovery services - to homeless, mentally ill, and substance abusing men in South Central Los Angeles.

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Winter Shelter

FTS operates three winter shelters (SPA 5) for LAHSA between the months of October and March. The WSP is instituted yearly during the coldest and wettest months. These three sites offer persons experiencing homelessness with temporary overnight shelter meals and help connecting to supportive services and stable housing.

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Clients Served


Shelter Beds

Meals Served

Interim Housing

FTS provides 277 Interim Housing beds consisting of 9 scattered sites. The facility is structured with 24/7 staffing and serves single individuals with interim housing services. During their stay, individuals are provided with shelter, food, laundry services, case management, transportation and other basic supportive services.

On Our Mission

We exist to make a difference in the Los Angeles Community; our mission is to provide comprehensive substance abuse treatment recovery services and supportive services to economically disadvantaged individuals that suffer from substance abuse, mental illness, and homelessness.