Mission: LA Room & Board is committed to providing a safe and welcoming living environment for all students.

Los Angeles Room & Board is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2019, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information


Los Angeles CA 90024-3108

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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator

Overall Score

Not Currently Scored

Encompass Scores are calculated from one or more Beacon Scores. Currently, we require either a Finance & Accountability Beacon, or an Impact & Results Beacon, to be eligible for an Encompass Score. See below to learn why this organization is not eligible.

  • This organization is ineligible for a Finance & Accountability score. Find out why.

  • This organization is ineligible for a Impact & Results score. Find out why.

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...   Finance & Accountability

This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.

Finance & Accountability Score

Not currently scored

This organization cannot be evaluated by our Encompass Rating methodology due to only having one year of electronically-filed IRS Form 990 data. But please note, that the IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofit's annual tax filings. That may mean that this entity has electronically filed additional Forms 990 but they have yet to be processed and made public by the IRS.

To ensure year-to-year consistency the Encompass Rating System's Finance & Accountability beacon analyzes the three-year average of some data provided through the IRS 990.
Charity Navigator currently only has one year of consecutive e-filed Forms 990 from the IRS for Los Angeles Room & Board under the EIN: 83-3172348.
Before Charity Navigator can evaluate this organization, Los Angeles Room & Board will need to e-file for additional fiscal years.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated this organization.

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Additional Information


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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting







Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activity data not reported from the IRS

Foundation Status:

Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2) (BMF foundation code: 16)


Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.

Los Angeles Room & Board reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

We provide stable housing & food security to the college students experiencing housing insecurity, homelessness, and hunger. Our program participants (students) contribute a monthly fee to their housing & food costs. Due to the widespread joblessness across the country, and more specifically, in the Los Angeles region, our students were unable to work and earn the income needed to contribute their monthly fee. This negatively impacted the financial structure of our organization, as our organization had to allocate additional operating dollars to make up for this shortfall in revenue and cover expenses.

How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Due to the high-touch nature of our work, many of the services that we provide had to shift to a virtual format. A number of our programs had to be paused for the safety of volunteers, staff, and students. This negatively impacted our desired outcomes.

How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

The pandemic taught how to be nimble and shift priorities. It helped us to find creative ways to engage students using various online and virtual platforms. Much of our program delivery is predicated upon lots of outreach and community engagement, but we've taken processes to a virtual format that has made our organization more efficient.

Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Our intake process includes a tour of the housing facility. We require each prospective student to tour the facility prior to offering a bed space. We've recorded virtual tours of the housing facility and prospective students are able to view them online. Prospects have reported that the virtual tours were far more convenient than having to commute across Los Angeles to visit in-person. Many of our prospective students don't have access to vehicles or the means to afford transportation to and from the housing facility, so we've decided to keep this practice in place beyond the pandemic.

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...   Impact & Results

This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.

Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Los Angeles Room & Board cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs

Los Angeles Room & Board reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


Spent in most recent FY


Percent of program expenses

The Opportunity House, a 50-bed facility, will provide stability and support to resilient students in pursuit of their college degree. Students will experience a vibrant residential living and learnin ... (More)

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...   Leadership & Adaptability

This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.

Leadership & Adaptability Score


out of 100

The score earned by Los Angeles Room & Board is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.

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Leadership & Adaptability Report


of 100 points


The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission

Los Angeles Room & Board (“LARNB”) is on a mission to end homelessness and promote degree completion among community college students. Our housing model identifies and secures existing vacant spaces, and leverages local partners and resources, to build sustainable pipelines of shelter and support for students in need. “The Opportunity House,” our first living-learning community opened in 2020 in Westwood, Los Angeles, was a vacant former UCLA sorority house that we renovated and optimized for our services. We provide housing as well as a full array of supportive services at a fraction of the cost of traditional housing for students who lack financial resources and family support, poor or no credit, lack of rental history, or other barriers.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses


The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.

A world where a person does not have to choose between meeting their basic needs and achieving a college degree.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.

Goal One: Implement a program expansion that increases individuals served, county reach, and expands the depth of impact.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.

Goal Two: Build capacity to support sustainability and future growth.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).

Goal Three: Make a demonstrable, meaningful impact to ending community college student homelessness

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development

Describe an investment in leadership

We regularly work closely with specialized consultants who not only support program development, but serve to expand the knowledge and capabilities of our staff (at all levels). Finally, annual staff evaluations are focused on development with goal setting and support to meet those goals in the new year. These evaluations are designed to encourage employee growth. We apply for capacity building grant opportunities. We most recently were awarded a grant from Housing Lab. As part of the grant award, LARNB's Executive Director will receive 6 months of personalized coaching in housing development, finance, and technology as well as advice on policy strategy, business development, financial modeling, partnerships, navigating the real estate landscape, and more.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.

This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

LARNB has coordinated with a network of local nonprofit partners to provide students with comprehensive wrap-around services including tutoring, career and financial development, and mental health support. Through partnerships with Master of Social Work programs at local colleges and universities including UCLA and USC, LARNB recruits case management interns who support our students day-to-day under the supervision of our Director of Mental Health & Wellness Programs. LARNB successfully partnered with Los Angeles Community College District to lobby state assembly & senate staffers to include a $100M provision in the $7B Early Action Package bill signed by Governor Newsom in February 2021. This allows community colleges to partner with homeless services providers engaged in innovative solutions to housing students in need. The district showcased LARNB's current model at Opportunity House as an example of efficiently and effectively addressing students' needs.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global and universal challenge touching the lives and livelihoods of people and organizations around the world. LARNB needed to quickly adapt to ensure the safety of students, staff, and community partners while still fulfilling our mission to house and support the students in our facility. LARNB quickly instituted policies like transitioning supportive services to a virtual format, restricting access to Opportunity House to essential personnel only, requiring students to wear face masks while on the premises, and not accepting new students until vaccines were accessible. LARNB also expanded staff in two critical areas. We hired a Director of Mental Health & Wellness so mental health services could now be provided in-house. We also hired Director of Residential Education & Student Success to coordinate programming and track impact of LARNB's services and support to students.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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...   Culture & Community

This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.

Culture & Community Score


out of 100

Los Angeles Room & Board has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 100/100 (70% of beacon score)

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Culture & Community Report


of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

100/100 points

70% of beacon score

This organization's score of 100 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 11 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.

View this organization's DEI Strategies


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.

Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

30% of beacon score

This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.

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We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.

Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research

Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.

Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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