Around Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima, many homeless children live indoors rather than outside. And for one family, motel hopping is no temporary setback. It's life.
Jose Razo is principal at Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima, the L.A. Unified campus that has more students classified as homeless than any other. For him, teaching these kids is personal, because years ago, he lived as so many of them do today.
Beyond the tree-shaded comforts of suburban living, L.A. residents by the thousands live in motels, vehicles, shelters and 400-square-foot garages. Teachers at Telfair Elementary School say families living in garages is more common now.
Schools such as Telfair Elementary in Pacoima lack resources and lag behind the district and state averages in student performance. But as educators work long hours to provide more support, students may find it harder to break free from poverty.
Steve Lopez shares reader responses following a series on child poverty around Telfair Elementary, the school with the most homeless students in L.A. Unified.
Times columnist Steve Lopez shares how he and photographer Francine Orr reported on the community and the school where nearly a quarter of the students are classified as homeless.