Strengthening Connections

HIV/AIDS  organizations that serve Native American/Alaska Natives throughout the US can be found on a comprehensive listing of the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) provides a National HIV Prevention Program Directory.

Local Native American agencies within Los Angeles County provide a range of services to the Native community. Below is a list of primary non-profit organizations and county funded programs.

American Indian Community Council
American Indian Community Council was established in 1998 as a public –private community council under the Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council. Formerly known as the Los Angeles American Indian Children’s Council, AICC has recently filed to become an independent non-profit organization. Since its inception, the AICC has served as a central hub and is a resource for the Los Angeles American Indian/Alaska Native Community.

  • Monthly Meetings: Every Second Tuesday of the Month, 6:00PM-8:30PM
  • Location: United American Indian Involvement (UAII), 1125 W. 6th St. Los Angeles, CA 90017

American Indian Community Council Workgroups: 

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Taskforce

  • Monthly Meetings: Every Last Tuesday of the month, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Location: SEIU Local 721 Building, 1545 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

American Indian Counseling Center / Child and Youth Counseling Center
17707 Studebaker Rd.
Cerritos, CA 90701
(562) 402-0677
The American Indian Counseling Center is a directly operated clinic of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health that provides providing culturally sensitive mental health services to American Indian elders, adults, children and families. Services include individual and couple therapy, child and adolescent therapy, family therapy, parenting education groups, dual diagnosis treatments, crisis intervention, case management, community outreach and education, professional trainings and internships.

American Indian Healing Center
12456 E. Washington Blvd.
Whittier, CA 90602
(562) 693- HEAL
The American Indian Healing Center is an AI/AN culturally sensitive primary healthcare provider offering services to AIANs in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. General services include general health maintenance, first aid, medications, chronic disease management, reproductive health, immunizations, referrals, laboratory diagnostics, and minor procedures.

Changing Spirits Alcohol and Drug Residential Recovery Program
2120 W. Williams Street Bldg. #1
Long Beach, CA 90810-3635
(562) 388-8118
Changing Spirits is a community based 180-day residential recovery program targeting American Indian men who suffer from alcohol and/or drug addiction. The provided services include alcohol and drug education, one on one counseling, relapse prevention groups, 12 step groups, residential council, recreation and social activities, anger management, and cultural activities. Changing spirits is a non-profit program funded by the County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services Alcohol and Drug Administration.

City of Angels Two Spirit Society
City of Angels Two Spirit Society (CATSS) was created to provide support to the City of Angels American Indian/Alaska Native/1st Nation/indigenous Two-Spirit community and engender awareness of our traditional sacred role to the community of greater Los Angeles.

  • Monthly Meetings: Every third Wednesday of the Month, 5:30PM-7:30PM
  • Location: United American Indian Involvement, Inc. 1125 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
  • Contact: Gabriel Estrada for more information at gabriel.estrada@csulb.edu

LA County Commision on HIV/AIDS
3530 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1140
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 738-2816
Commission office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.

The Los Angeles County Commission on HIV (COH) serves as the local planning council for the planning, allocation, coordination and delivery of HIV/AIDS services. The COH is composed of 51 members appointed by the Board of Supervisors and represent a broad and diverse group of providers, consumers, and stakeholders. 33% of the membership are HIV+ individuals who are consumers of the federally funded Ryan White Program.

  • Monthly Meetings: Every second Thursday of the month, 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Location: St. Anne’s Conference Center Foundation Conference Room, 155 North Occidental Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026
  • Contact: hivcomm@lachiv.org

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Pukúu Cultural Community Services
One Stop Emergency Service Center
601 South Brand Blvd., Suite 102
San Fernando, California  91340
(818) 336-6105
(818) 837-0796 fax
The One Stop Emergency Center’s goal is to offer temporary aid to bad credit low-income Native Americans who encounter a financial emergency. The center strives to aid the individual through their emergency and prevent them from becoming homeless, going hungry or losing necessary utilities. We also strive to be a cultural resource for Native Americans living in Los Angeles County by providing cultural celebrations in which individuals can participate and reconnect with their traditions. Services available include: Food assistance; transportation assistance; shelter; utility assistance; no credit check instant financing; counseling and referral services; cultural and recreational services; and cultural circles.

Southern California Indian Center
ORANGE COUNTY – Corporate Office
10175 Slater Ave. Suite #150
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
714-962-6673
714-962-6343 fax

EL SEGUNDO
Workforce Development Office
400 Continential Blvd, 6th Floor
El Segundo, CA 90245
(800) 250-6393
(213) 387-5772

RIVERSIDE
11801 Pierce Street
Riverside, CA 92505
(951) 710-3069
Serving the American Indian community of Southern California since 1969, Southern California Indian Center (SCIC) is a non-profit multi-service agency whose mission is to promote social and economic self-sufficiency through fostering and promoting programs for general welfare, education, culture and to eliminate barriers of discrimination through the education of the general public on Indian issues and culture.

Torres Martinez Tribal TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
5771 Rickenbacker Rd.
Commerce, CA 90040
(323) 313-1300
Torres Martinez Tribal TANF, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, is a social services organization that provides assistance to Native American families with children. We offer a 5 year program with a foundation in educational incentives and work opportunities, supported by temporary financial assistance, leading to self sufficiency. Our doors first opened in 2001 with 1 small office in Thermal, CA and have since grown to 7 regional offices spanning L.A. and Riverside counties. Special focus is put on traditional values and cultural awareness as we serve the Native community with a determination to support, educate and guide our clients along the path to self sufficiency.

United American Indian Involvement, Inc.
HIV Prevention Program
1125 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA
213-202-3970
Services include outreach, case management, linkage and referral, health education and promotion, risk assessment, disease and injury prevention, STD/TB/Hepatitis screening, access to medical and dental services, vocational counseling, youth services (mentorship, education, tutoring, recreation, and cultural activities), substance abuse counseling and treatment, and mental health services.