A Safe Space for the Skid Row Community
The Skid Row ReFresh Spot, funded by Mayor Eric Garcetti and operated by Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles (HHCLA) with support from Social Model Recovery Systems and Goodwill of Southern California, recently re-opened their doors to the public on September 18, 2020. Previously located on 527 Crocker Street, the Refresh Spot has now moved to 544 Towne Avenue, a space nearly 5 times the size of its old location.
In total, there are 6 showers (1 ADA), 7 bathrooms (1 ADA), 24 double washers and 24 dryers. Other services/resources include towels, free hygiene products, laundry supplies, charging stations for cell phones, free clothing and growing community library donated by the Rotary Club. Additionally, HIV, STD, and COVID-19 testing are provided on specific days of each week. Various workshops are also provided including but not limited to employment workshops and peer support groups. It is important to note the site adheres to DPH COVID-19 protocols.
Exterior of the ReFresh Spot facilities - image courtesy of Chris Vargas
The ReFresh Spot's laundry machines - image courtesy of Chris Vargas
The site currently serves 350 per day, but Homeless HealthCare Los Angeles (HHCLA) projects that the site can serve up to 800 – 1000 individuals per day.
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Please refer anybody in need of services directly to the address: 544 Towne Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90013.