Frequently Asked Questions

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First to Serve provides interim housing and supportive services for single men and women. We also provide transitional housing and living support focused on securing permanent sustainable housing. Find more information here.
We offer a variety of programs designed for women such as the
  • Domestic Violence - House of Dignity
  • Crisis Housing
  • Healthy Living, Department of Mental Health (DMH)
Yes! You can signup to volunteer here.
Our programs do accept court ordered and recently released ex-offenders. Requirements for admittance into one of our sober living programs are as follows:
  • Completion of Preliminary Phone Assessment
  • Must have been sober within 24-48hrs. of intake
  • Agree to participation of a 6 month program
You can come visit us at 1017 W 50th Los Angeles 90037. Ou hours are:
9:00am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Completion of Preliminary Phone Assessment

Must have been sober within 24-48hrs. of intake.
Must Agree to participation of a 6 month program.

First To Serve will host three (LAHSA) Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority-supported 91-day 410 bed Winter Shelter programs operating 7 days a week from 5:00pm–7:00am. The West and South Los Angeles Winter Shelter will operate from December 1st to March 1st. The Los Angeles Winter Shelter Sites are:
South LA: 1177 W. 25th Street - Ward AME - 150 Bed Capacity

West LA National Guard Armory: 1300 Federal Ave - 160 Bed Capacity

Inglewood Armory, 111 Grosvenor Ave, 100 Bed Capacity

Each case is different but we look to remind individuals that this is a transitional period, while focusing on giving them long term solutions to help curtail any issues that may be facing.
You can reach us via phone or email. Click here for more information.

Our Mission

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 100 staff members serving an estimated 1000 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.