Running Away & Shelters

“Things have been really tough at home since my uncle died. I’ve thought of running away but don’t know where I can go.” – 17-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.


1736 Family Crisis Center – Dating Violence Hotline and Shelter

Additional hotlines: (310)-370-5902, (310)-379-3620, (562)-388-7652. 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.

2116 Arlington Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90018



Angel’s Flight

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.

1531 James M Wood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90015


California 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. Chat and Email available too.

Sacramento, CA 95816


CASA Youth Shelter

Provides temporary shelter and counseling services to runaways and youth in crisis.

10911 Reagan St,
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

7days 24 hours



Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law

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. 

256 S Occidental Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90057

M-F 9am-5:30pm



Children 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. 

14530 Sylvan St,
Los Angeles, CA 91411

7days 24 hours



Covenant House California

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.

1325 N Western Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90027



Girls and Boys Town National Hotline

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. 

Crawford St,
Boys Town, NE 68010


Homeless Teen Help

Resource directory of all social services available for assistance to homeless teens.

P.O. Box 185,
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

(949) 242-0505

(949) 720-1489 (Fax)

Jenesse Center

Counseling, food/clothing, parenting classes, anger management, substance abuse help, vocational training, case management, legal services, emergency shelter and transitional housing for victims of domestic and dating violence for 18 years and older.

7days 24hrs


L.A. Youth Network

Office phone: 323-467-8466.

Emergency shelter: 323-240-2253.

Foster care services: 323-703-7002.

Hotline for teens issues such as homelessness, bullying, violence, pregnancy, eating disorders, self-harm and depression. Services include 24/7 hotline, emergency shelters/ homeless youth housing, education & career development, mental health and wellness.

Los Angeles, CA

7 days a week 24 hrs


LA Youth Supportive Services

Additional phone (LA-area only): 818-985-0100

Phone counseling, referrals, education, and recovery support (no street outreach).

Los Angeles, CA 91603


Los 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.

121 N Beaudry Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

M-F 8am-4:30pm


Los 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. 

7033 Sunset Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90028



Missing Children 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. 

699 Prince St,
Alexandria, VA 22314

7days 24hrs



My Friend’s Place

Medical/dental and pregnancy.888-YOUTH-50.

5850 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

M-F 9am-5:30pm



National Runaway Safeline

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 – 24 hours and available in all languages.

3080 N Lincoln Ave,
Chicago, IL 60657

Mon-Sun 24 hours



Ocean Park Community Center

24hr domestic violence hotline: 310-264-6644. Services to homeless youth. Street youth outreach. Offers emergency services, food, clothing, showers, medical care, referrals and transportation to shelters, and case management. 

1453 16th St,
Santa Monica, CA 90404

M-F 9am-5pm & S-Sun 9am-12pm


Operation 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.

9685 Hayes St,
Riverside, CA 92503



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. 

16360 Roscoe Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 91406


Su 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.


10911 Reagan St,
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

7 days 24 hours



Taft House (Los Angeles Youth Network)

Shelter for teens ages 12-17. Counseling, residential placement referrals and transitional living component.


The Way In

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

5939 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90028



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