Culver City Unified School District

WIN: What I Need

 

Our Children LA (OCLA) has launched WIN: What I Need, a mobile app (android, apple and web versions) focusing on the needs of homeless youth. The free app is available in the iTunes and Google Play app stores, and the web version is available on OCLA’s website. (www.ourchildrenla.org )

 

ITunes link:   https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/win-what-i-need/id1057836168?mt=8

Android link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatineed.ourchildrenla&hl=en

 

Like OCLA’s 2015 Directory of Services for Homeless Youth, WIN includes “first providers” of essential services that youth can access directly without a referral. WIN is intended for youth experiencing homelessness or welfare insecurity, and for caring individuals such as educators, librarians, health professionals, law enforcement, county staff, educators and other volunteers who encounter homeless youth and have a desire to connect them to trained service providers. WIN offers access to over 1200 programs and will be continuing to add to its database.

 

CCUSD provides homeless students (i.e. students in shelters and motels and those doubled-up because of economic necessity with a friend or another family—or those sleeping in cars or on the streets) with:

Bus passes to get to/from school

Breakfast and Lunch at school (through a referral from me or the Free & Reduced Food Application)

School Supplies

Backpacks for Kids

Clothing, Shoes, and Toiletries (appointment to visit Culver Closet)

Referrals for students/families in need (including homeless):

Mental Health Counseling (individual, group, and family)

Substance Abuse Counseling

Temporary Housing (i.e. Upward Bound House Shelter and/or St. Joseph’s Homeless Solutions Center in Venice)

Tutoring (one hour a week for those living in motels and shelters)

Medical, dental, vision and other health services

Local Food Bank

Victims of Domestic Violence

Enrollment Assistance in Covered CA

For Emergency Housing in Los Angeles County, parents with children 17 or under, should dial 211 to open a case.