Running Away & Shelters
“My parents have kicked me out of the house and I have no place to go. Where can I stay?” – 15 year old
If you or a friend are determined to run away, and talking it out with someone you trust doesn’t seem to help, please run to a safe place. Even the most street-wise people can get ripped off, harassed, arrested or seriously hurt while trying to make it on their own. Several agencies in the Los Angeles area provide free services for those without shelter. These services include help in finding shelter, food, medical care, employment, and education.
310-379-36201736 Family Crisis Center Dating Violence Hotline and Shelter
24 hour hotline
Individual, group, family counseling & case management for victims of domestic violence and runaways ages 10-17, two week stay, substance abuse awareness, 12-step program, schooling, job search and placement. Outpatient facility with 6 beds. Parent consent required.
Additional phone: (213) 413-2311
Emergency 21-day shelter for ages 10-17 and voluntary shelter for runaways, homeless, and at-risk youths. Family & child counseling, case management, therapy, LAUSD education, outreach program. Main goal is family reunification. Bilingual. All services are free.
800-843-5200California Youth Crisis Line
Crisis phone counseling, information, and referrals for all problems ages 12-24. Bilingual when available. Can connect without charge to parent/guardian or other agency. Message relay service.
800-914-2272CASA Youth Shelter
Shelter is open 24 hours
Additional phone: (562) 594-6825 (both numbers are crisis lines)
Provides temporary shelter and counseling services to runaways and youth in crisis.
213-388-8693 ext 307Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law Inc.
Emergency shelter for males under 18 years open 24 hours.
Transitional Living Program and variety of programs for homeless youth ages 12-17 available. Offers legal assistance for immigration issues and domestic abuse.
800-551-1300Children of the Night
Toll Free National Hotline. Shelter-home for runaway prostitutes, ages 11- 17.
In-house school and independent living program for children involved with prostitution. Bilingual.
323-461-3131Covenant House California
Hollywood shelter number: (323) 461-3131
Hotline for troubled teens ages 18-20. Shelter, referrals, information, crisis intervention and health clinic. Bilingual. Also provides assistance with employment, counseling, and case management services.
800-448-3000Girls and Boys Town National Hotline
24 hour hotline
Website: www.boystown.org or www.yourlifeyourvoice.org
Crisis and resource referral services. Specialize in family reunification of runaways and homeless adolescents ages 11-17. Counseling over the phone and online. Placement and long-term residential care. Bilingual.
877-465-2977LA Youth Supportive Services
24 hour crisis line
Additional phone (LA-area only): 818-985-0100
Phone counseling, referrals, education, and recovery support (no street outreach).
213-765-2880Los Angeles Unified School District Homeless Education Program
Provides advocacy related to educational rights of homeless students. Transportation assistance. Backpacks and school supplies. Assistance with school clothing.
877-520-5296Los Angeles Youth Network
Office phone: 323-467-8466; Emergency shelter: 323-957-7364
Shelter, drop-in center for youths age 17 and under. Free transportation to shelter, meals provided two times a day at 9am and 12pm. Van Outreach on M-Th nights.
800-843-5678Missing Children Hotline
24 hour hotline
Administration # 916-227-3290 and 916-227-3244, Hours 7:30am-4:30pm
Provides monthly “Missing Child” posters and quarterly bulletins. Deals mainly with parents of missing/runaway kids. Spanish, English, Cantonese, and Tagalog (on call). Hotline mainly for “sightings”. Online reporting available.
323-908-0011My Friend’s Place
7 days a week 9am-5:30pm
Additional phone: 1-888-YOUTH-50 or 1-888-968-8450
Assistance with California IDs, birth certificates. Legal clinic, mobile health, lunch (12-1), food & clothes offered. Workshops offered: art & computers. HIV testing. Drop-in resource center for runaways ages 12-24.
800-768-2929National Runaway Switchboard
Crisis intervention and referrals for runaways, homeless and other teens, provides youth-parents reunification with conference calls and bus tickets; provides message service for parents and youth. 1-800-RUNAWAY.
310-450-4050Ocean Park Community Center
M-F 8am- 5pm. Also variable at service center.
Services to homeless youth. Street youth outreach. Offers emergency services, food, clothing, showers, medical care, referrals and transportation to shelters, and case management.
951-351-4418Operation SafeHouse (RIVERSIDE)
Emergency shelter for runaway, throwaway, and homeless teens. 14 days immediate placement, food, counseling, on site schooling, counseling for parents, respite care and long term placement assistance. Transitional long term housing for 18-24 year-olds.
323-466-7776Runaway Adolescent Project (RAP) DCFS
For runaway or homeless teens ages 14-17yrs, help with finding shelter and permanent placement in foster home or group home, returning home or emancipating. Also provide food, clothing and brief counseling.
800-914-2272Su Casa (Casa Youth Shelter)
Additional phone: 1-(800)-914-CASA
Shelter, food, education, counseling and support groups for teens. Bilingual. All problems. A safe haven in Orange County.
323-467-8466Taft House (Los Angeles Youth Network)
Shelter for teens ages 12-17. Counseling, residential placement referrals and transitional living component.
M-F 8:30am-5pm, closed 12pm-1pm
Drop-in center for homeless runaways ages 12-24. Food, showers, laundry, clothes, counseling services, case management, crisis intervention, job assistance, shelter referrals, HIV/STD prevention, substance abuse counseling and medical. Bilingual.
323-469-2946The Way In
Male Only Hotline: (800) 843-9294
Drop-in center, co-ed 7-11pm. Shelter services, male only, ages 12-17 years old.