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In-person assistance for people in Southern California is available through the City of Monterey Park and Los Angeles County
OAKLAND – As people in California and across the country mourn the recent horrific mass shootings in the state, California Attorney General Rob Bonta today highlighted support services and urged vigilance against fraudulent crowdfunding. Across California, there are a variety of state, local, and community entities that may be able to provide assistance and support — including immediate housing, financial, funeral, and mental health resources — to crime victims, survivors, and their families. However, in the aftermath of tragedy, there are also those who seek to take advantage of communities and people’s desire to help. Well-intentioned or otherwise, those operating crowdfunding pages often formed overnight in response to crises may lack the experience, contacts, and staff needed to fulfill their commitments. Before donating online, Attorney General Bonta urges Californians to do their research.
“Our nation has once again been forced to confront more senseless gun violence. From Monterey Park to Half Moon Bay, our entire state is reeling,” said Attorney General Bonta. “While we have much work ahead to tackle America’s disease, people are also coming together to support those who are hurting and who have lost loved ones. I encourage all Californians to extend a helping hand wherever possible and to take advantage of the resources available across the state. If you plan on giving, please be wary of scammers and do your research before you donate. My heart goes out to all who are in pain in this moment and, at the California Department of Justice, we will continue to do our part to support local response efforts.”
Crowdfunding Donation Tips:
Resources for Crime Victims:
The California Department of Justice’s Victims’ Services Unit
The Victims of Crime Resource Center
U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime
Additional and In-Person Resources:
Alongside community organizations, the City of Monterey Park and Los Angeles County have set up a Victim and Survivor Resource Center at the Langley Senior Citizen Center to support people in Southern California. The center is located at 400 West Emerson Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754. The center is currently open daily from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM and can be reached at 1-626-307-1395. Services offered at the center include mental health, crisis response, and victim support. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Bureau of Victim Services also offers support for victims, survivors, and their families. For those affected by the mass shooting in Half Moon Bay, the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Victim Services Division is available to provide support.
Resources such as emergency food and shelter, legal services, and health services can often be found directly through cities or counties. For those in need of legal support, pro bono legal assistance can be found through the State Bar of California and, for those who have been the victim of a violent crime, the California Victim Compensation Board can help cover related bills and expenses.