Special Needs Housing

The Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) is committed to building better lives for all residents, including people with special needs or disabilities. The HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program funds can be used to assist in the development and construction or renovation of special needs housing. In many cases, developers and operators of special needs housing are non-profit agencies that specialize in helping certain populations of people. The LACDA also works as a member of the County’s Special Needs Housing Alliance to continually improve the quantity and quality of special needs housing.


Resource Information

  • Persons with Developmental Disabilities

    Through the Affordable Housing Trust, the LACDA has assisted in the development of assisted living options for persons with developmental disabilities. In collaboration with non-profit agencies and developers, the LACDA has worked to foster independence, personal growth, and to promote the opportunity for community integration based upon individual needs of adults with developmental disabilities. For direct housing assistance, persons with Developmental Disabilities may wish to contact the California Department of Developmental Services.

  • Transitional Housing Programs

    About 1,500 foster youth age out of the Los Angeles County child welfare system each year. Most have nowhere to turn for jobs, housing, higher education, or support. The Emancipated Foster Youth Transitional Housing program promotes the individual achievement of former foster youth by providing housing and support services.

    The LACDA helps to build better lives and better neighborhoods. To help promote individual achievement for emancipated foster youth, the LACDA has joined with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Los Angeles Department of Probation, Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and community non-profit organizations, to provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, and support services to emancipated foster youth.

    What Is Transitional Housing For Former Foster Youth?
    The goals of the transitional housing programs for former foster youth are to develop affordable apartments, transitional housing, and emergency shelters in Los Angeles County in conjunction with support services to help youth become independent adults. In addition to housing, the programs offer job training, computer training, educational assistance, and other social services. Youth are allowed to stay in transitional housing up to two years. The housing units are located in LACDA developed properties as well as privately-owned houses and apartments.

    Independent Living Program
    The LACDA has partnered with LAHSA to work with community non-profit agencies to administer the housing portion of the Foster Care Independence Act (Independent Living Program). Through this program, over 166 new beds have been created. Additionally, through this program, youth are given assistance in locating and maintaining permanent housing. 

    LACDA Transitional Housing Developments
    The LACDA has also developed affordable housing units for former foster youth throughout Los Angeles County. Apartments for the former foster youth are located in Westchester, East Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, Westwood, North Hills, San Gabriel Valley, and the unincorporated South Whittier communities.

    Are you a youth interested in applying for transitional housing?
    Detailed eligibility and information for former foster youth can be found at www.ilponline.org.

    For admissions information, contact Lynn Durham at DCFS, (213) 351-0190.

    Are you an organization interested in developing transitional housing for former foster youth?
    The LACDA does not currently have any funding opportunities for transitional housing for former foster youth. You may sign up to be a LACDA Vendor to be notified of future funding opportunities. Please click here to register as a LACDA Vendor.

    We also suggest that you sign up with LAHSA to be notified of future funding opportunities at http://www.lahsa.org.

  • Emergency Shelter Fund

    A one-time only flexible $20 million dollar fund for the expansion of emergency shelter or transitional housing beds throughout Los Angeles County. The funding is flexible and can be used for the following types of activities:

    1. Construction of new year round homeless shelters

    2. Expansion of beds in homeless shelters currently in existence

    3. Services and or ongoing operational costs for year round homeless shelters

    For information on the Homeless Initiatives and Housing Categories, please contact us.

  • Homeless Initiatives

    There are a number of housing initiatives currently taking shape that will positively impact the ability to create more affordable housing linked to social services for those currently at-risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness.

    - Locally, Bring LA Home! A group of 65 diverse stakeholders brought together by the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority began creating a 10-year strategic plan and campaign to end homelessness in November 2003. This plan and campaign intends to end homelessness in the County through local and state policy changes.

    - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the Special Needs Housing Alliance Strategic Plan in October 2005, which will guide County efforts to provide housing, operational subsides, and supportive services for the County’s special needs populations. As part of this approved plan, the Chief Executive Office (CEO) and the LACDA have been instructed to develop a proposal to establish a Housing Trust Fund that provides a dedicated, ongoing revenue source to fund operating and supportive service costs associated with housing for special needs populations.

    - In October 2005, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health submitted its plan for the Community Services and Supports segment of funding for the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63). This plan contains a number of new and expanded services to persons with mental illness, including a significant emphasis on safe and stable housing and services linked to housing that promote stability. The Act permits funds to be used for housing, and specifically provides counties with funds to expand capital housing development projects.

    - Direct Access to Housing is an innovative permanent housing solution for chronically mentally ill and dually diagnosed homeless individuals. Recognized nationally, this concept originated in San Francisco where the Department of Health Services funded housing to offset emergency room costs. Locally, the LACDA and the Department of Health Services are in formal discussions to implement a pilot project to assist in providing permanent housing to individuals discharged from County operated hospitals.

    In December 2004, the County Board of Supervisors passed a motion to require all health and human service departments of the County to have discharge plan policies. The CEO’s office has convened workgroups of those County departments to create discharge policies for implementation.

  • Person Living with HIV/AIDS

    Through the Affordable Housing Trust, the LACDA has assisted in the development of affordable housing units for people living with HIV/AIDS.
    As part of the Special Needs Housing Alliance, the LACDA is part of a HIV Housing Collaborative to encourage coordination of housing-related resources and services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County. The mission of the HIV Housing Collaborative is to increase housing opportunities linked with services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County.

  • Persons with Mental Illness

    The LACDA has assisted in the development of over 500 affordable housing units for people with mental disabilities. The LACDA provides assistance to non-profit developers to build transitional and supportive housing for residents with mental illness. The housing developments range from shared living programs and assisted living to independent living with individual apartments. All of the projects offer a common space for other activities of daily living and/or supportive services. All residents receive supportive services from private mental health agencies or the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

  • Victims of Domestic Violence

    According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Domestic Violence is defined as abuse committed against a spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or a person with whom the suspect has had a child, or is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship.

    For security reasons, the LACDA does not publish the addresses of Domestic Violence shelters. Persons seeking shelter should call:

    Phone: (800) 978-3600

  • Info for Persons with Special Needs or Disabilities

    The LACDA has a strong commitment to helping people with special needs or disabilities by providing funding to developers and non-profit organizations to build special needs housing with supportive services. Funding is made available for the development of housing for the following special needs populations: persons with mental illness, persons living with HIV/AIDS, victims of domestic violence, transition age youth, persons with developmental disabilities, homeless households, and frequent users of County Department of Health Services or Department of Mental Health emergency services.

    The LACDA operates the Los Angeles County Housing Resource Center, a web-based housing database that allows persons with physical disabilities find affordable rental housing with accessibility features. The database can be found http://housing.lacounty.gov

    Low-income homeowners with disabilities may be eligible for ADA-approved repairs or modifications to increase accessibility in their house. More information can be found under Home Improvement Programs.

    We also work with other County departments and agencies to share information, integrate resources, and coordinate efforts to assist lower-income persons with special needs. 

    Here are links to our partner agencies and organizations with additional information.

    Developmentally Disabled
    Department of Developmental Services

    Domestic Violence
    Los Angeles County Department of Community and Senior Services

    Emancipated Foster Youth
    Department of Children and Family Services

    The Los Angeles County Office of AIDS Programs and Policy (OAPP)

    Homeless/Formerly Homeless 
    Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

    Department of Public Social Services

    Mentally Ill
    Department of Mental Health

    People with Disabilities 
    Department of Public Social Services

    Social Security


    Department of Public Social Services

    Substance Use
    Department of Health Services

    Department of Public Social Services

    Transitional Age Youth
    Department of Children and Family Services

    Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

    Other important links:

    People with Disabilities
    Living Independently in Los Angeles

    Access Paratransit

    Families and Individuals