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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Mental Health, Residential Mental Health Treatment

Mission: Lamp Community's mission is to end homelessness of Los Angeles' most vulnerable individuals, primarily adults with mental illness, through a continuum of services and housing, enabling them to reach their highest level of self-sufficiency and community integration. An estimated 10,000 people live in Downtown L.A.'s Skid Row area, more than one-third of this group are people with mental illness. About 80 percent self-medicate with addictive substances, and more than 20 percent test positive for HIV/AIDS. Lamp Community offers innovative and highly effective integrated services including housing, meals, health and mental health services, psychiatric care, drug recovery, job training and a robust set social services designed to promote self-worth and independence.Each year, Lamp Community serves more than 2,000 people with a proven record of success, 92 percent of people housed by Lamp Community succeed in the long-term.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Lamps model and care for human kind should be a footprint for the rest of the country to follow. The care they take in progressing quality of life for all humans is unmatched. It is a pleasure to be part of such a caring well run organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lamps service to the community is a great blessing. I once faced homlessness myself and understsnd the importance of organizations like theese. thier dedication and hard work shows. Thier approach is effective and the impact they have on the people they come in contact with speaks volumes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LAMP, Inc. has a reputation in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles for providing services to the homeless community. The wide range of services offers opportunity to those in need. Employees are commited and have a great attitude. They have a laundry mat for the homeless, have budget classes, provide meals and mental health services. Hands down to LAMP.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lamp Community is an incredible organization with the principal goal of bettering our society by ending homelessness. Its positive results are tangible, and its staff goes above and beyond the call of duty. Lamp's CEO, Donna Gallup, has continued to make a difference in this diverse community since she became a part of the organization in 2010. When you meet her and the rest of Lamp's administrative team, you can sense their passion and dedication to their cause. Having spent time with this team, a psychiatrist that the organization brings in for its clients, and the clients themselves, I have been able to see clearly how much of an impact Lamp has on everyone involved with its efforts. Whether you would like to work with, volunteer at, or donate to Lamp, you can rest assured that your contribution will make an unbelievable difference for Los Angeles’ homeless community.