Thank you Chinyere, Ben, Dorene and others for answering my question.
I was rich all my life untill jan 2013 (long story). I receive now some gov. help which is why I said $600/m. At this point I'll take almost anything, even 500 sf.
I paid $2000/month for the last 14 years living in Westwood in a 2+2 1500 SF top floor apartment.
I put everything in storage and that cost me $213/month.
I need 1 year or so to rebuild my wealth and go back to normal. My goal then will be BUY, BUY, BUY an apartment in BH or Westwood to have peace of mind & security.
In the meantime, I need something temporary. I will NOT live in downtown/koreatown even if free. And I try not to go too far because 1) I lived 30 years in LA; I can be uprooted, isolated in the middle of nowhere. 2) To make money I need to be in LA.
I have car but don't drive right now due to a nerve damage on my leg, so driving around to look for rent sign is not possible. (BTW this is how I found my last apartment).
Beside, there is no point to seek for a $600 apartment, studio, bachelor in West LA since that is not possible, even in Palms, culver city or Hollywood. (Although I saw an ad for $800 studio in Beverly Hills). I know I can find something in Lancaster or Palmdale but it's so far.
Craiglist is the WORST place to find a home. 50% spam and 50% scam.
And many "roomates wanted" seeks someone in their 20's-30's. Other want a female only.
Very very depressing.