Harbor Light

The Harbor Light Center is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row. Since 1947, Harbor Light has been a leading provider of licensed residential alcohol and drug recovery services for homeless men and women. The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center consists of three facilities: Harbor Light (adult rehabilitation for men, founded in 1947), Safe Harbor (adult rehabilitation for women, founded in 1989) and Harmony Hall (re-entry facility, founded in 1978). Working together, these facilities are designed to help homeless adults recover from substance abuse and reintegrate back into the community.

Harbor Light provides a program that serves over 200 men with shelter and meals, medical screening, GED preparation and services designed to prepare them to re-enter mainstream society. The program supports men with a wide range of problems, including drug and alcohol addiction, physical illness, chronic unemployment, and lack of basic education and job skills. Activities include educational lectures on: drug, alcohol and HIV awareness and prevention, domestic violence, parenting, male and female sexuality, coping skills, relapse prevention, educational assessment and general education preparation. We are particularly proud of our 70% graduation rate for those who enter Harbor Light and remain in the program after the fourteen day assessment period.

In addition to their recovery services, Harbor Light has also implemented the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) and the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP). HVRP focuses on helping homeless veterans transition to employment and self-sufficiency. IVTP assists veterans transitioning from incarceration back to society. Both programs are funded by the United States Department of Labor and offer a wide variety of employment readiness services.

Individuals who seek help through Harbor Light receive a holistic approach. We provide individuals with physical, emotional and spiritual support to help them make the changes necessary to transform their own life. In fact, a number of our key senior program staff have graduated from our programs and now lead productive self-sufficient lives. Many of our graduates have also gone on to receive college degrees. In order to celebrate these successes and the ongoing sobriety of our graduates - the Harbor Light program inducts sober graduates into the ‘Miracle Club'. Members of the ‘Miracle Club' serve as an inspiration to current clients and provide a continued life-long support system encouraging positive sober life choices. 

Our Services

Services provided at Harbor Light include the following:

  • Daily Meals - provided for both clients and homeless men and women living on the streets
  • Medical Screening
  • Educational Services - GED preparation, job skills enhancement, classes on health-related issues, as well as parenting, domestic violence, and relapse prevention
  • Recovery and Addiction Services - including Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs
  • Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program
  • Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program