Homeless Youth and their Families

 Thousands of families with children continue to face homelessness in Los Angeles County. According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s (LAHSA) 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count Report 8,529 family members are homeless in Los Angeles County on any given night. With little or no support, many homeless families are forced to move from place to place, and may even find themselves sleeping in their cars, parks and other places not meant for housing.

The lack of affordable housing combined with steadily rising rents and stagnant wages, have made low-income families in Los Angeles County particularly vulnerable to becoming homeless. This is especially true for single-parent households (many of them lead by WOMEN) that fall on hard times due to the loss of a job, health issues or family problems. The lack of support and access to resources makes it difficult to find and retain permanent housing.

The instability and lack of security can have devastating effects on children in families experiencing homelessness. It adversely affects their developmental growth, making them four times as likely to get sick, and causing high levels of anxiety. There were an estimated 63,000 homeless students enrolled during the 2015-2016 school year, according to the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

On behalf of the YG 4HundredWaze Foundation, thank you for considering supporting our organization and the thousands of children currently in the Los Angeles County foster care system as well as the thousands of homeless children and families in Los Angeles County.

Our Impact

 At Connections For Women, we empower our families to overcome their barriers to housing so that they can transition out of homelessness and poverty. Our programs build on each family’s strengths and teach them professional and life skills while also bolstering their ability to be self-sufficient and independent. Since our inception, we have placed over 150 families in permanent housing, including 500 children.

Over 150 Families have benefited from our programs


Families moved into their own homes


Families retained permanent housing for a year or more


Children received trauma informed care and counseling.


Hours of 1-on-1 tutoring for school-aged children


Hours of job training workshops for our adult family members


Adult family members increased their income through employment