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EFP Resource List

Welcome to the Enhanced Field Placement (EFP) on Homelessness resource list. This list is intended to be used as a starting place for MSW students to learn more about the field of homelessness services, with an emphasis on tools that social workers in the Los Angeles area can use to enhance their practice. 

Resources have been updated last in May 2018. Questions or additions to the list can be directed to

National Organizations


United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

Grand Challenge

National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services

National Alliance to End Homelessness

Corporation for Supportive Housing

Voices of Youth Count

VA Homeless Veterans Page

Point Source Youth

National Network for Youth



California Department of Housing & Community Dev.

The California Endowment

California Homeless Youth Project


University Initiatives/ Social Work Programs that highlight Homelessness

USC Initiative

Homelessness Policy Research Institute (USC Price)

University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice


County-Wide/ Continua of Care





Comparison of City and County Housing Subsidy Programs


City of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department

City Attorney Homeless Engagement and Response Team (Ticket Clinic)


City of Pasadena Department of Housing

Pasadena Partnership


City of Glendale Homeless Services

Long Beach

City of Long Beach Homeless Services



Initiatives/ Strategies/ Ballot Measures

Measure H

Measure HHH

Everyone In (United Way)

City of LA Homeless Strategy Report (2016)



Federal Fair Housing Act

Municipal Housing Codes

County Code: Solicitation

County Code: Public Drinking

County Code: Loitering

County Code: Housing



Community Mental Health Act

Safer Cities Initiative

Operation Healthy Street

Jones v. City of LA (Case Law)



Garcetti’s Homelessness Page

Mark Ridley-Thomas (County Supervisor, 2nd District)

Sheila Kuehl (County Supervisor, 3rd District)

Marqueece Harris-Dawson (South L.A. District City Council Member)



West Coast Convening

Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership

SFSCVHC Homeless Coalition (SPA 2)

Shelter Partnership

A Way Home America (National)


Homeless Service Agencies

For homeless services specific to a location, population, or type of service, the LAHSA Get Help Page hotline, Citizen’s guide, and list of services is highly recommended.


Other Nonprofits/ Groups/ Community Advocates

Central City Association


Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (SF-based, tons of good resources)

United Friends of the Children

Democratic Socialists of America LA: Housing & Homelessness


Publications/ Best Practice Guides/ Research Briefs

2017 Homeless Count Methodology Report

THIS is Housing First for Youth: A Program Model Guide

Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership Issue Briefs

Antecedents of Chronic Homelessness (Economic Roundtable)

List of Community Research Briefs (LA CAN)

A Case for Transitional Housing for Homeless Youth in California (CA Coalition for Youth)

A Safe & Decent Place to Live: Towards a Housing First Framework for Youth (Canadian Observatory on Homelessness)

Ending Youth Homelessness: A Guidebook Series (HUD)


1-Pagers/ Fact Sheets/ Infographics

LAHSA Homeless Count Fact Sheets

Positive Youth Development

“Perfect Life” Youth Interviews

Homeless Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey


Other Services/ General Resources/ Handbooks/ City Guides

The 2017 People’s Guide to Welfare in Los Angeles
2017 Citizen’s Guide to Los Angeles (LAHSA)
Getting Off Right (Safety Manual for Injection Drug Users)

Housing Assistance Benefits Guide Los Angeles (Public Counsel)



2017 HHCLA Resource & Referral Handbook

The Group List: 2017 LA Outpatient Group Therapy

Summer 2017 Cooling Center Directory

Family Resources (DCFS)


Trainings/ Workshops/ Legal Clinics

Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership E-Learning Modules

HHCLA Trainings

Legal Aid’s Schedule of Legal Clinics



LAHSA hotline

LAC DPH Suicide Hotlines

DMH Crisis Hotlines

LGBTQ-Related Hotlines


Terminology/ Acronym Guides

Key Terms in Homelessness (Mayor’s Office)

DPSS Acronym Database



LA County Jobs in Homelessness


News Series & Blog Articles

LA Times “Without a Home” Series

Vice: Hiding the Homeless

The Atlantic: Affordable Housing Would Be Much Fairer If It Were Treated Like Food Stamps

City Observatory: Make housing vouchers an entitlement‒ we can afford it

Invisible People

KCRW: What happens to the Santa Ana River homeless population?



Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems, and Changing Lives

Freedom Now!: Struggles for the Human Right to Housing in Los Angeles and Beyond

Downtown Blues: A Skid Row Reader

Down, Out, and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row

In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis



Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home


Podcasts/ Other Media

The Containment Plan” (episode on Skid Row from 99% Invisible Podcast)

“Music, Positive Youth Development, and Homelessness” (Social Work Podcast)

There Goes the Neighborhood (KCRW)


Teaching Tools

The Homeless: 39 Questions for Your Reflection

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