Support citizens transitioning out of homelessness
The 40-year-old Downtown Women’s Center provides job training to homeless women, including in the field of product design where residents create stylish stuff like cards, candles, and T-shirts that you can purchase at one of its stores, other retailers around the city, or on the Made by DWC website. You can also check out what the center is in need of -- everything from sleeping bags to shoes -- and spend three minutes helping them stock up via their Amazon wish list.
Nonprofit The People Concern (which was born out of the merger of two major LA social services agencies a couple of years back) provides health care, substance abuse services, and permanent housing to those navigating a path out of homelessness. To help, volunteer at either the Santa Monica or Downtown facilities, where the group is looking for folks to assist with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, donation-sorting as well as volunteers to teach creative writing, yoga, arts, and more. Also consider donating food, hygiene kits, and welcome-home packages to give residents a solid start.
Unfortunately, LA’s homeless situation is seriously dire, and there are a slew of other organizations working to alleviate the problem. You can find more groups to help via the Homeless Shelter Directory.