The Whole Child Family Housing Program

Over 270,000 children experience homelessness in California each year.1

We help families who are homeless, or on the brink of homelessness, chart a path out of their current situation into permanent housing.

The Whole Child Family Housing Program considers a person homeless if they are sleeping outside, in a place not meant for human habitation such as a car or abandoned building, or in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program.  As the lead housing agency in SPA 7 Southeast Los Angeles Country for the Coordinated Entry System, all families with children in the region experiencing homelessness filter through The Whole Child.

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Our Impact

Our goal is to reduce homelessness for families with children in Southeast Los Angeles County. In fiscal year 2018-19 we saw the following results.


Families Facing Homelessness Served


Homeless Families Housed


Permanency Rate

Our Services

We work with our clients to uncover short term interventions to avoid homelessness. In this strength-based approach, we review each family's strengths and barriers to identify possible solution to prevent homelessness. This could include mediation with family, friends or a current landlord to help resolve a dispute in order to maintain housing.

Interim housing immediately ends unsheltered homelessness by placing families in specialized family shelters. By reducing exposure to trauma in children experiencing homelessness by placing their family in a safe place, we aim to combat generational homelessness.

We provide housing and navigation, Rapid Rehousing, and Permanent Supportive Housing designed to end unsheltered and sheltered homelessness and create a stabilization plan for each family's long-term success.

Supportive Services are designed to help families facing homelessness reduce or eliminate barriers to permanent housing. We offer case management, employment and job placement, access to child care, money management, life skills training and long-term family mentoring (Imagine Whittier) by trained volunteer mentors. In addition, we offer inter-agency services including mental health, parent enrichment and nutrition education.

Imagine Whittier seeks to end the cycle of family homelessness and poverty by mobilizing trained volunteer mentors, public and private resources, and community leaders who understand that a roof over one’s head is merely the starting point to a better life. This innovative mentorship program empowers families to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency and helps every member of the family thrive.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn's Office, representing the Fourth District, the BCM Foundation and other community partners.

Families are referred to Imagine Whittier by The Whole Child Family Housing Program once the family has been housed. Participation in the program is optional.

Find out more about Imagine Whittier here.

We ensure appropriate linkages are provided to families in need of the following services; in house resources available include: Department of Public Social Services/GAIN Welfare to Work Program, Department of Mental Health, Department of Public Health, McKinney Vento liason and low income childcare referrals, as well as external resources such as legal services, education and vocational training, and other community based resources to help them reach their goals.

A program to reunite children in the child welfare/foster care system with their parents where the only remaining barrier to reunification is lack of permanent housing. Participation of this program is approval through the court system. We have reunified 51 children with their parents this past year.

We are investing in bringing interim and permanent affordable housing solutions to Los Angeles County.

Coordinated Entry System – Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

The Coordinated Entry System seamlessly connects homeless populations, including Family, Transition Aged Youth and Single Adult populations, on a countywide platform to deliver services and unduplicate efforts making the system more effective. The core objective of Coordinated Entry is to reduce the length of homelessness and rapidly re-house families within their community as a way to regain self-sufficiency.  Linkages to supportive services build upon existing community-based infrastructures to serve homeless families by leveraging resources and provide more targeted, cost-effective interventions.

Families Coming Home Together Project

A program to reunite children in the child welfare/foster care system with their parents where the only remaining barrier to reunification is lack of permanent housing. Participation of this program is approval through the court system. We have reunified 51 children with their parents this past year.

Our Client Needs Breakdown

Helping Families find permanent housing

Why don’t we see homeless families on the street?2

Because of parents’ nature to protect their children, homeless families are often found in a temporary, unstable living situation with a friend or relative.

  • 80% are Doubling Up with other friends or family which can put a strain on their relationships and ultimately put their support network in jeopardy
  • 7% reside in Shelters where children often witness violence
  • 7% are Unsheltered,which means they are sleeping outdoors or in a place not meant for habitat.  This could include a car, tent, or abandoned building.
  • 6% staying in Motels/Hotels where they cannot cook meals or keep healthy food and often move around interfering with the one stable in a child’s life; their school.

“I am most proud of our ability to mobilize families given the increasing barriers and lack of affordable housing; staff not only met but, exceeded their contract goals.”

— Vanessa Sedano, Housing Program Director

Hear From Our Clients


Faces on the Journey Home: Danielle


Safe Families Interim Housing Program

Sophie, Housing Client

Our Stories Matter

“My four children and I were faced with homelessness, periodically sleeping in motels or at our church, when I left home due to domestic violence. My children would ask if they would ever have a place to call home again. I blamed myself. I sought help from so many different organizations but none helped until I found The Whole Child.

We have now moved into our apartment. Staying stable has meant that I have learned to budget to ensure that my rent is paid on time. As a mom, my main priority is the well-being of my children and my primary goal was ensuring that they receive services for their Autism, which was too hard to do when we were going from hotel to hotel. I also had a goal to get my driver’s license and just recently passed the test!

Now I see my children smile every day. I imagine my future to be full of love and happiness with an overall stability that my children and I had been missing. I see my children growing up healthy and becoming successful individuals. The Whole Child has completely changed the quality of life for my children and myself.  We finally have a place we can call home.”

— Sophie, Housing Client

We can do more with your help!

Each day of operation, we receive over 80 calls from families seeking housing with an average of 25 calls a day representing families with children seeking immediate shelter. Given our current resources, we are unable to meet the housing crisis in our community. With your support, we can say “yes” to more families who are experiencing homelessness.

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Client Eligibility

Call us at (562) 204-0640 (hyperlink to make call if accessing website on phone) to schedule an appointment to speak with one of our bi-lingual (English/Spanish) Intake Specialists.
Please note that an intake process that takes place over the phone to determine eligibility. We will return messages within 72 hours (three business days).
We connect families to appropriate resources based on eligibility that may require additional criteria for the family to meet. Please bring the following to your first appointment:

  • Valid photo identification (CA ID, CA Driver’s License, or U.S. Passport)
  • Proof of Income
  • Proof of Homelessness (Eviction Notice, DPSS Motel Assistance, etc.)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card

Homeless families seeking help can also call 211 LA County, the county information and referral line where families are directed to the appropriate Coordinated Entry System (CES) where each situation is assessed.

Funding Partners

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About 211 LA County

211 LA County is Los Angeles County’s information and referral service, offering confidential services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English, Spanish and over 140 more languages. Services are also available to individuals with hearing impairments.
If this is a medical emergency or you are in need of immediate crisis support, please contact 911 or a crisis hotline in your area.

We are grateful to The Everychild Foundation for investing in this program in its early stages. Their gift enabled The Whole Child to not only serve homeless families in need but also build the infrastructure that allowed us to seek further funding. The legacy of their contribution forever expands our impact on the community.

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