Community Resources & Information

The drop-down menu items below provide a wide range of information that may not be directly employment or education related, however, they are resources that can facilitate a person’s path towards employment. Here you will find resources about financial well-being, and general employment related resources including legal resources and tattoo removal.

Financial Well-Being

CalABLE

Cash Assistance for Refugees/Immigrants (DPSS)

Disability Benefits 101

Individual Development Accounts (Prosperity Now)

Financial Navigators – The L.A. County Financial Navigators program is designed to help L.A. County residents deal with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing remote assistance in navigating critical financial issues and making referrals to other social services and resources

Jewish Free Loan Association

Make Money Choices (CA CareerZone)

Work Incentives Planning & Assistance (WIPA) Programs provided my Managed Career Solutions, INC as of July 1, 2021. Please visit the following link to see which MCS program your zip codes is serviced by: https://www.ssa.gov/work/documents/New%20WIPA%20OrganizationsWEB_072121.pdf

LA County WIPA Benefits Planner Directory: http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dmh/1113675_WIPA-2021-2026.pdf

Legal Resources - Re-entry

The Bail Project – Access to bail is expanded to all courts in LA County. The Bail Project, a national program, posts bonds on behalf of people in custody who cannot afford to pay, and then provides court reminders and transportation to ensure that they make their court dates.

BetterFuture – Free background checks for individuals seeking work.

Prop 47 – Record Change Guide

Chuco’s Justice Center – Legal Support
Clear your name. Drop that label. Clear you tickets. Build a strategy for court including life and LWOP cases. Expunge or seal your record. Remove your name from gang databases and injunctions. Prepare for parole hearings. Get immigration case support including fighting deportation.

Collateral Consequences of Conviction Justice Project

Los Angeles Regional Reentry partnership (LARRP) – Clear Your Record Resources

Root & Rebound (R&R)
Their mission is to transfer power and information from the policy and legal communities to the people most impacted by our criminal justice system through public education, direct legal services, and policy advocacy, so that the law serves, rather than harms, low income communities and communities of color in the United States.

Root & Rebound provides “A Roadmap to Reentry: A California Legal Guide”
Online version: https://roadmap.rootandrebound.org/
Downloadable version: Roadmap-To-Reentry

Root & Rebound Reentry Legal Hotline: 510-279-4662
Root & Rebound operates a Reentry Legal Hotline every Friday from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. PST. It is free and open to anyone in California with a reentry-related legal issue, question, or concern, including those who are incarcerated. Please note: they accept Collect Calls.

Virtual Legal Clinics hosted by A New Way of Life and UCLA Law

Tattoo Removal

Homeboy Industries Tattoo Removal
Tattoo removal is a free service provided to participants in the Homeboy Industries’ program (trainees), members of the Los Angeles community, and minors who have gang-related or visible tattoos located on the hands, neck, or face.

Providence Community Health Department – Free Tattoo Removal
Point of Contact: Karina Cisneros,
Email: Karina.Cisneros@Providence.org
Phone: 818-847-3860
7621 Van Nuys Blvd., Unit-B
Van Nuys, CA 914505
The following forms are required to be read, completed and submitted to determine if an individual qualifies for free tattoo removal:
Tattoo Removal Program – Registration Process Flyer
Application & Medical History
A Message to Patients about Medical/Surgical Risks
Tattoo Removal Aftercare Instructions
Consent to Medical or Surgical Care and Treatment
Arbitration Agreement
Suggested Community Service/Development Sites
Community Service/Development Hours Log Sheet
Rules & Regulations Contract
Consent for Photograph
Consent to Release Information

Digital Literacy & Access Resources

Technology Access​
Angeleno Connectivity Trust (ACT) – Giving free internet access to children in need, including students experiencing homelessness, those in foster care, and youth with disabilities.
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
Human-I-T
iFosters
InterConnection (Low-cost computers)

Get Connected Los Angeles

Laptop Check Out – Click on link then look for information about participating LA County libraries at the bottom of the page.
PCs For People
Public WiFi Access Map
LA City – LA Optimized – Helping local businesses go digital with website optimization, branding, marketing, and more.
LA City Library – Tech2Go – Computer Bundles
LA County Library – Free outdoor wifi
LA County Library – Work Ready Program – 6 week program (offered 6 times through 2021) where participants borrow a laptop and wireless hotspot kit from a participating library to aid their job search process. Virtual programs cover topics from writing cover letters, interviewing to identifying high-growth careers and working from home.

Adult Learning & Training (Technology skills)- Learning Computer Basics and Software Basics Tutorials/Guides:​
DigitalLearn.org
Digital Wellness (Painted Brain)
Resources on how to use Zoom, online safety, and app recommendations for social connection.
GCF Global

Google for Education – Applied Digital Skills
Grow With Google Training
New Computer User Tutorial –English Spanish 
MHALA –  A New Users Guide to Technology
Skillful Mouse Practice
Santa Monica Public Library – Computer Classes

Employment & Education Covid-19 Resources (reviewed: 7/24/2023)

FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR WORKERS IMPACTED BY COVID-19

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has information and resources for workers impacted by COVID-19, including but not limited to illness, caregiving, job loss, and school closures.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)

Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County has created a useful page with frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 and various practice areas. Visit HERE.

211 LA County

Work Incentives Planning Assistance (WIPA) programs are still open to provide benefits planning guidance. Please call 1-866-968-7842 to be referred to the to the appropriate WIPA program.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

COVID-19 Guidance Resources

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

State of California  – centralized location for numerous local and statewide resources.