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Homeless & Foster Youth - Education Rights

Please join the United Way LA and the Los Angeles Rams for WalkUnited LA (formally called Homewalk) on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.  This event specifically raises funding to help stem the tide of the homeless crisis while increasing awareness and engagement around homeless issues and helping create stable homes for many in the Los Angeles County area.  

Event Timeline:

  • 6:30 am - Registration Opens
    • Please make your way to Lot N to check-in at the registration tables (there will be directional signage)
    • Incentive items will be available for you to pick up at registration.
  • 6:30-8:30 am - Stage Programming and Live Entertainment, including LA Rams DJ Mal-Ski, yoga + stretching, warm-up led by Rams Cheerleaders and more 
  • 8:45 am - Run Begins
  • 9:00 am - Walk Begins
To register - please go to this website: 

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act) (42 U.S.C. § 11431-11435) is federal legislation that ensures the educational rights and protections of children and youths experiencing homelessness. It requires all local educational agencies (LEAs) to ensure that homeless students have access to the same free, appropriate public education, including public preschools, as provided to other children and youths. The McKinney-Vento Act defines LEAs as public school districts, direct-funded and locally funded charter schools, and county offices of education. The McKinney-Vento Act also authorizes the funding for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program.



WIN: A Mobile App for LA’s Homeless & Struggling Youth, Families & Adults – In the APP Stores

Our Community LA (OCLA) is a Los Angeles nonprofit organization that leverages technology to improve support and resource connections for homeless or resource insecure individuals, particularly youth under 25 and families who are under-served and at-risk. Children, youth, and vulnerable adults represent the economic and political future of our region and they deserve careful attention and increased community support.

WIN is a free mobile and web app designed to connect homeless or resource insecure youth ages 12-25, as well as families, adults, and seniors, to essential services- all accessible without a referral. Developed by Our Community LA with guidance from our region’s unaccompanied youth, WIN users can search a database of over 2000 essential service providers and connect to 12 categories of resources.


WIN is the First and Only Mobile App Designed for and with Los Angeles’ Homeless

Over 94% of homeless individuals use a smart device, even more, homeless students, and adults heads of families have cell phones and access to computers. The problem too many face is that too many do not know how to find reliable and up-to-date information about the shelter, food, jobs, and other services they need.


Our Community LA (formerly known as Our Children LA) seeks to empower anyone who is homeless or at-risk of homelessness by offering them free access to an easy-to-use mobile app that connects them to nearby services. WIN's design reflects a collaboration between the OCLA leadership, dedicated volunteers, and participating homeless youth at various drop-in centers around Los Angeles County. (Why Youth?  because they are quite tech-savvy!) Originally launched in Fall 2015, in October 2018, OCLA released an updated and fully redesigned WIN with many new features. Most importantly WIN was expanded to serve not only youth but also all families and adults! In the Fall of 2020, OCLA expanded to include Senior Only Services.

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