The Ronald McDonald House spends approximately $90 per night to shelter a family. Guests pay a nominal nightly fee of $25. The Ronald McDonald House Charities Policy is that families are never turned away due to an inability to pay. Significantly, an average of 60% of our families in Los Angeles cannot afford to pay the nominal $25 fee per day, but we work hard to accommodate their financial needs.
In 2001, the House hosted 919 families for 11,444 nights at an occupancy rate of 98%. These families came to us from the local southern California community (45%), the rest of the state (19%), nationally (18%), and overseas (18%) Current demographics include 41% Caucasian, 40% Hispanic, 10% Asian, 6% Black and 3% other.
The House strives to create a welcoming home environment for the children and parents who visit. Seventy-five rooms, accommodating the same number of families, provide both short-term and long-term housing needs. We understand that the needs of our families go beyond simply finding a place to stay during their child’s illness. Programs have been designed to focus the attention of children and their parents away from hospital procedures through a wide array of activities.
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