Know someone who might need help finding an emergency shelter? Or someone who has suffered abuse, neglect, abandonment, or in need of a residential program? How about someone who’s looking for legal aid or in search of other helpful resources?

Here are some resources for youth experiencing homelessness or teens seeking temporary shelter, emergency services, and emancipation information.

Please pass on this information to someone in need. To pick up flyers, drop by Teen Central at Pasadena Central Library. There’s a resource shelf full of pamphlets with information and resources, or ask a librarian.


Drop-in Centers

  • My Friend’s Place in Los Angeles
    5850 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 · (323) 908-0011
    We offer a free and comprehensive continuum of care that combines emergency necessities with therapeutic, health, employment and education assistance, and creative arts services through three programmatic areas: Safe Haven Program, Transformative Education Program, Health & Well Being Program
  • Pacific Clinics Drop in Center
    1395 E Orange Grove Blvd · (626) 791-4553
    Drop in center locations for transitional age youth (ages 16-24). Offers: Homeless outreach, Independent living skills classes, GED/high school diploma classes, Extended educational assistance, Employment assistance, Transportation assistance, Full kitchen, Computer lab with internet access, Resources lab, Job search and homework help, Mentoring and tutoring

Food Pantries

  • Foothill Unity Center
    191 N. Oak Ave Pasadena, CA 91107 · (626) 358-3486
    Foothill Unity Center is a place of real hope and possibilities for people in crisis throughout the San Gabriel Valley-offering food, temporary shelter, case management, transportation, referrals and a variety of health services for low-income and homeless people in eleven communities in Los Angeles County.
  • Friends in Need-Food Pantry
    444 E. Washington Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91104 · 626-797-2402
    The Food Pantry provides food assistance to low-income and no-income families in the greater Pasadena/Altadena area.
  • Salvation Army Corps Community Center – Pasadena
    1000 E. Walnut St., Ste. 102, Pasadena, CA 91106
    (626) 773-4425; (626) 773-4400
    The program provides emergency food services for families, couples and individuals who live in Altadena, Arcadia, Pasadena, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. A three-day supply of groceries is provided; the amount of food provided varies according to family size.

Legal Aid

  • Children’s Rights Project of Public Counsel
    610 S Ardmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
    M-F 9am-12:30pm; 1:30-5:15pm
    213-385-2977; 213-385-9089
    Free legal assistance to people under 18. Adoption project also available. Call for appointment. Bilingual.
  • Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law
    3250 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
    M-Th 1:30pm-4:30pm
    213-388-7515; 213-388-7505
    Free legal advocacy and education for qualifying teens int he following areas: domestic violence and restraining orders, custody/ visitation and child support, parental rights, marriage and divorce.
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
    1102 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
    M-F 9am-5pm
    800-399-4529; 323-801-7989
    Free counsel, representation, advocacy, and community education.
  • Los Angeles Bar Domestic Violence Project
    1055 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
    M-F 9am-11:30am
    213-896-6491; 213-833-6717
    Assistance in obtaining temporary restraining orders. Nominal fee of $20 may be waived. Bilingual.
  • Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice
    1241 S Soto St, Los Angeles, CA 90023
    M-F 8:30am-5:30pm
    Free legal representation/ advocacy in areas of family law, government benefits, consumer laws, and housing law.

Runaway Services

  • National Runaway Switchboard
    800-768-2929; 773-880-9860
    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.
  • Runaway Adolescent Project (RAP) DCFS
    16360 Roscoe Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91406
    Shelter, food, education, counseling and support groups for teens.

Shelter & Housing

  • 1736 Family Crisis Center – Dating Violence Hotline and Shelter
    2116 Arlington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90018
    310-379-3620; 323-737-3900
    Individual, group, family counseling and case management for ages 1-1, domestic violence and runaways, two week stay, substance abuse awareness, schooling, job search and placement. Outpatient facility with 6 beds. Parent consent required.
  • Angel’s Flight
    1531 James M Wood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
    213-251-3400; 213-380-4603
    Emergency shelter for ages 10-17 and voluntary shelter for runaways, homeless, and at-risk youths. Family and child counseling, case management, therapy, LAUSD education, outreach program. Main goal is family reunification.
  • Casa Youth Shelter
    10911 Reagan St, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
    562-594-6825; 714-995-8601
    Provides temporary shelter and counseling services to runaways and youth in crisis.
  • Children of the Night
    14530 Sylvan St, Los Angeles, CA 91411
    800-551-1300; 818-908-4474
    Toll Free National Hotline. Shelter-home for runaway prostitutes, ages 11-17. In house school and independent living program for children involved with prostitution.
  • Covenant House California
    1325 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
    323-461-3131; 323-461-6491
    Shelter, referrals, information, crisis intervention and health clinic. Provides assistance with employment, counseling, and case management services.
  • LA Youth Supportive Services
    Phone counseling, referrals, education, and recovery support.
  • Los Angeles Unified School District Homeless Education Program
    121 N Beaudry Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    M-F 8am-4:30pm
    Provides advocacy related to educational rights of homeless students. Transportation assistance. Backpacks and school supplies. Assistance with school clothing.
  • Door of Hope
    Provides transitional housing for homeless families. Located at: 669 N. Los Robles Ave.
  • Five Acres
    760 W Mountain View St, Altadena
    With both community-based and residential programs, child abuse-prevention agency, specializes in mental health services (in homes and schools), foster care, adoptions and domestic violence prevention education.
  • Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services
    210 S DeLacey Ave, Suite 110, Pasadena
    With 12 locations in L.A. County. Children’s mental health and welfare nonprofit, facilitating foster care, adoption, mental health and other services.
  • Lake Avenue Community Foundation
    712 E Villa St, Pasadena
    Helps disadvantaged youth in Northwest Pasadena with mentoring, summer-camp and after-school programs. It also partners with local churches and other organizations to provide housing and other resources to low-income residents.
  • Rosemary Children’s Services
    36 S Kinneola Ave, Suite 200, Pasadena
    Helps youth who have suffered abuse, neglect and abandonment. Includes residential program for teen girls, a foster care program, specialized education and mental health program.
  • Union Station
    Housing, employment, life skills
  • Youth Moving On housing
    We offer two types of housing for youth in safe, goal-directed communities.


You can find more resources on on our Teens Web Guide:

Citizenship and Immigration

College and Financial Aid

Emergency Services

Health and Wellness


Homework Help

Information Literacy


Jobs & Career

Make, Tinker, Hack

Mental Health

Special Needs

Youth Leadership

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