Find help for living on your own.
Living on your own can be tough, especially when you feel like you have no support or family to turn to for advice. We’re here to help guide you through the experience of learning to live independently. Find information about opening your first checking account, job interview do’s and dont's, apartment hunting, preparing a quick and cheap meal and much more.
Whether you find yourself in a desperate situation and need emergency housing immediately or you are looking for a transitional housing program that offers you more than just a place to live, we’re here to help you.
Check out the sections below for information on emergency housing programs, transitional housing offering supportive services and permanent housing when you are ready to really live on your own.
Do you need immediate help finding temporary housing?
Many emergency shelters will provide safe housing, food, clothing, medical care, counseling, and other supportive services to assist homeless, at-risk youth. Many shelters only allow certain groups of people such as men, women, families, LGBT, pregnant teens etc... Keep in mind, emergency housing shelters will only provide you with a temporary living situation.
Emergency Shelter Phone Numbers
211 - referral line for housing, food, employment, health care and more.
1-800-548-6047 - Shelter Hotline
1-800-843-5200 - California Youth Crisis Line
Transitional Housing Programs
Are you looking for a housing situation that offers more than just a place to live?
Transitional Housing Programs provide additional services to help you prepare for living on your own. If you like the idea of being out of foster care and on your own, but still need and want guidance and support, this is the type of housing for you.
These programs exist to not only give you a roof over your head, but to help get you ready for independent living. They typically provide counseling and mental health services, career training and educational guidance, daily life skills instruction, and much more.
Some transitional housing programs are geared towards specific groups of foster youth such as those with serious mental health issues, parents, single mothers, pregnant teens. GLBT youth and so on. Our housing resource guide outlines specific programs in these areas.
Tired of programs? Too old for transitional housing? Now what?
First of all, please keep in mind: There is no magic pill for your housing headache. However, we can help by providing you with valuable resources and information on permanent housing options.
Renting in Los Angeles County is still extremely expensive, even though rents have gone down a little bit as a result of our current economic recession. Waiting lists for affordable housing, meaning housing with rent that is below market-rate, are enormous. Five to ten years is not uncommon. And almost all affordable housing that is being developed is set aside for families, the elderly, and the disabled. The housing market is not friendly towards single adults. So don’t take it personal if you have a hard time finding housing.
Rental Property Search
Permanent Housing Resources
Did You Know?
In order to rent a nice studio in L.A. for $750 a month, you need to earn at least $11 an hour before taxes, and work 40 hours a week.