Our non-profit organization is focused on ending homelessness and promoting college completion among community college students in the greater Los Angeles area

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The mission of Los Angeles Room & Board (LARB) is to ensure that California’s community college students realize their postsecondary education goals by providing affordable transitional housing designed to end homelessness and, through our residential education program, promote persistence, retention, and completion from their certificate, associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs.


We believe in expanding educational opportunities for those who’ve been denied access, marginalized, and pushed out of educational institutions.

• We believe that every student is deserving of the chance to flourish in a productive, healthy and secure environment.

• We believe that race, ethnicity, nationality, skin color, gender, sexual orientation, ability, language, and religion should not be factors of economic or educational opportunity.

• We believe in housing as a fundamental right.

• We believe in working in and with the communities we operate in, and will strive to preserve community identity and strength.

• We understand homelessness and community college completion as matters of economic and social justice.

• We believe every student in pursuit of higher education should have a secure, stable living environment that meets their basic needs.


Sam Prater, 


Born and raised in Detroit, MI. Sam is the 12th born of 14 children. After dropping out of high school and attending community college, Sam went on to earn his bachelor's degree at Central Michigan University (FireUp Chips!), a master's degree from Fordham University (Go Rams!), and his doctorate in Educational Leadership....[view more]