Running Away & Shelters

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.

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1736 Family Crisis Center – Dating Violence Hotline and Shelter

http://1736familycrisiscenter.org/
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.
310-379-3620

Angel’s Flight

http://catholiccharitiesla.org/
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.
213-251-3400

California Youth Crisis Line

http://youthcrisisline.org/
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. 
800-843-5200

CASA Youth Shelter

http://casayouthshelter.org/
Provides temporary shelter and counseling services to runaways and youth in crisis.
562-594-6825

Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law

http://centerforhumanrights.org/
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. 
213-388-8693

Children of the Night

http://childrenofthenight.org/
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. 
800-551-1300

Covenant House California

http://covenanthousecalifornia.org/
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.
323-461-3131

Girls and Boys Town National Hotline

http://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. 
800-448-3000

LA Youth Supportive Services

http://la-youth.org/
Additional phone (LA-area only): 818-985-0100 Phone counseling, referrals, education, and recovery support (no street outreach).
877-465-2977

Los Angeles Unified School District Homeless Education Program

http://homelesseducation.lausd.net/
Provides advocacy related to educational rights of homeless students. Transportation assistance. Backpacks and school supplies. Assistance with school clothing.
213-765-2880

Los Angeles Youth Network

http://layn.org/
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. 
323-467-8466

Missing Children Hotline

http://missingkids.com/
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. 
800-843-5678

My Friend’s Place

http://myfriendsplace.org/
Medical/dental and pregnancy.
323-908-0011

National Runaway Switchboard

http://1800runaway.org/
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. 
800-768-2929

Ocean Park Community Center

http://opcc.net/
Services to homeless youth. Street youth outreach. Offers emergency services, food, clothing, showers, medical care, referrals and transportation to shelters, and case management. 
310-450-4050

Operation SafeHouse – Riverside

http://operationsafehouse.org/
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.
951-351-4418

Runaway Adolescent Project (RAP) DCFS

http://sfvcmhc.org/resources/runaway-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. 
323-466-7776

The Way In


Drop-in center, co-ed 7-11pm. Shelter services, male only, ages 12-17 years old. 
800-843-9294

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