One-Room School Opens at Homeless Shelter
A one-room schoolhouse opened Wednesday at a homeless shelter in North Hollywood, the first such program in Los Angeles and one of only a half-dozen shelter-based schools in the nation, according to school officials and advocates for the homeless.
The educational program for 30 homeless children in grades one through six is the centerpiece of a $1.1-million expansion of the Trudy and Norman Louis Valley Shelter, one of several housing programs for poor families run by the nonprofit L.A. Family Housing Corp.
The multileveled, atrium-style classroom will be staffed by the Los Angeles Unified School District at a yearly cost of about $100,000. It will function as an annex of the nearby Arminta Street School, where children who live at the shelter previously studied. About half the funding came from private donors and half from state and city grants, said L.A. Family Housing Director Arnold Stalk.