Students and Families Experiencing Homelessness

Homeless Children & Youth provides services and coordinates with the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which addresses the problems that homeless children and youth face in enrolling, attending and succeeding in school.

To locate services in your immediate area based on zip code, please see Resources and Supports below.

If you have any questions or need further assistance from LACOE's County Homeless Liaison, contact Dr. Jennifer Kottke with the Homeless Program at (562) 922-6247 or email us at

If you are seeking Homeless Liaison support of LACOE Schools, please contact Mr. Gilbert Gaytan,

Know Your Rights

Your child(ren) may have the right to: 

  • Immediate enrollment in the school they last attended (school of origin) or the local school where you are currently staying, even if you do not have all the required documents at the time of enrollment. 
  • Continue to attend their school of origin, if requested by you and it is in the best interest. 
  • Receive transportation to and from their school of origin, the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children, including free meals and Title I. 
  • Receive the full protections and services provided under all federal and state laws relating to homeless children, youth and their families.

National Center for Homeless Education

NCHE operates the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance and information center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program.

SchoolHouse Connection

SchoolHouse Connection is a national non-profit organization working to overcome homelessness through education.

Homeless Education Technical Assistance Centers - HETAC

The California HETAC is funded by the CDE to provide support and technical assistance to county offices of education, local educational agencies, and other interested stakeholders to ensure educational access and success for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Campus Peer Navigator

The Campus Peer Navigator Program aims to connect community college students who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness with resources that can end their housing crisis.

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

LAHSA partners with both the city and county of Los Angeles to integrate services and housing opportunities to ensure wide distribution of service and housing options throughout the Los Angeles Continuum of Care.

Coordinated Entry System

Service Planning Area Leads.

CES ED Coordinator Directory

Coordinated Entry System Sites Education Coordinator Contact Information.

Service Planning Areas Map

LA County Service Area Map

Service Planning Areas Locator

LA County District Locator

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