1 2012 Directory of Services for Homeless Youth in Los Angeles
2 The Everychild Foundation The Everychild Foundation s mission is to ease suffering of children in the Greater Los Angeles area whether due to disease, disability, abuse, neglect or poverty. Born in 2000 out of the belief that a group of women in Los Angeles together can award grants to make a serious difference in the lives of children in need, Everychild s funds are derived from member dues in lieu of fundraising events. As of November 2011, the Everychild Foundation has awarded over $8.5 million to Los Angeles area children s nonprofit service providers. In 2007, The Everychild Foundation Public Policy Committee was formed by committed foundation members who sought to ease the suffering of children through advocacy and education. Current committee policy interests include: homeless children and youth, juvenile justice, foster care issues as well as efforts to improve support for the needs of infants and toddlers ages 0-3. Trained committee members participate in community forums and workshops, educate local legislators on pressing needs of children, and work in committee with local leaders on practical and legislative policy solutions. The committee also prepares policy and opinion pieces for publication in print media including blogs, writes children s policy news for the membership, and offers policy and other support to community organizations who serve local children. This Directory and The Need Homeless Youth in Los Angeles Los Angeles County is home to nearly 9,500 unaccompanied homeless youth ages 24 and under each year. 1 Many are escaping abusive homes, emancipating from the foster care system or were raised on the street by homeless parents. A survey conducted by Children s Hospital Los Angeles and the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership in found that the mean total amount of time youth spent homeless was 2.8 years. 45% of respondents reported the presence of domestic violence between their parents or caregivers and a high incidence of alcoholism and drug abuse. 69% reported being a victim of child abuse. Most homeless youth have insufficient life skills, resources, community and emotional support to deal with the stresses of young adulthood. And once on the streets, the necessities of survival and poor coping skills drive homeless youth to compromise their health and wellbeing through high-risk behaviors including prostitution, increased substance use, illegal activity and violence. Homeless youth are faced with food insecurity, the lack of physical and emotional refuge, social isolation, and a heightened risk of criminal victimization and contracting life-threatening diseases. These crippling effects severely compromise the health and wellbeing of homeless youth and jeopardize their efforts to reconnect with society and succeed at education and employment. Without appropriate and compassionate intervention, homeless youth are destined to become caught in the criminal justice system, enter an irreversible cycle of chronic homelessness, total dependence on welfare, and permanent aversion to society or suffer an early death. The Los Angeles Public Library as a Safe Haven Not surprisingly, Teen Scape and other designated city library spaces aimed at teen users are often used as safe havens by unaccompanied homeless youth who are seeking a respite from the streets. Libraries offer mental and emotional escape from the streets, comfortable and secure physical environments, cultural links and access to printed and online resources. A trusting relationship with an adult is often critical to a homeless youth s ability to consider an offer of help. The librarian, often perceived as a safe adult, has an important opportunity to connect these youth to needed resources and services. Indeed, many local librarians have become trusted adults in the lives of these youth and have individually provided food, warm clothes and other items to needy teens. Until recently, however, the City Library system remained largely unconnected to the system of trained emergency and basic needs providers who serve these youth. Creation of the Directory In 2010, the Library, Everychild Foundation Public Policy Committee representatives and selected local nonprofits began to explore how the Library could participate in community efforts to connect these youth with needed services. This has resulted in the creation of this Directory for the benefit of the City Library, its branches and other identified safe havens or outreach agencies who encounter homeless youth in their work. 1 Rabinovitz, S., Desai, M., Schneir, A., & Clark, L. (2010).No Way Home: Understanding the Needs and Experiences of Homeless Youth in Hollywood. Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership, citing data in the 2009 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count Report at and M. Silverbush, LAHSA Policy and Planning Analyst. 2 Id. at 7. Our Children LA Our Children LA (OCLA) is a Los Angeles area-based nonprofit organization formed by a small group of dedicated volunteers interested in promoting the well-being of local children through the development and maintenance of a publicly accessible website that aggregates and disseminates comprehensive information about the lives of Los Angeles children ages To be launched by 2013, Our Children LA intends to break down issue barriers by providing information and other tools which educate and build community support for local children s policy and programming needs, particularly those that reach or benefit children who are at-risk and/or underserved. The site will offer facts, data, news, reports, directories and other resources that may be used by nonprofits, elected officials, child advocates, funders, parents and others to benefit the lives of regional children ages 0-2, and understand or improve the programs that serve them or the policy and/or systemic constraints that operate to limit their potential. About This Directory The Directory was prepared by, Denise McCain-Tharnstrom with support from the Everychild Foundation Public Policy Committee. The directory template and research support was provided by Our Children LA. Jennifer Essen provided graphic design and coordinated the publication. Disclaimer: This list of providers may not be exhaustive and merely represents a good faith effort to compile a useful list of locally available resources as of Fall The author, the Everychild Foundation and Our Children LA are not making any representations or endorsements of the listed providers. Users are urged to call or visit the websites of the providers to verify service offerings. Please also note that all included information is subject to change. Sources: Provider descriptions were gathered from the listed nonprofit s websites, or other available published sources including but not limited to LA County DCFS Bureau of Special Programs- Runaway Outreach Unit, Project ABC CA Homeless Youth Project 211 LA County Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and the Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Division at Tipstars.org communitycorner/losangeles.aspx
3 Hotlines, Helplines, Websites & Reports In addition to the list of providers which begins following this section, the following helplines, websites and reports may be useful depending on the circumstances of the youth that is seeking help. Los Angeles Hotlines for Youth in Crisis or Immediate Need Angel s Fight Youth Shelter for year olds, 24 hour hotline (Spanish/English) 1736 Family Crisis Center & Runaway Homes Youth ER Shelter for ages Four 24 hour hotlines: Covenant House Youth ages Crisis Nineline Daily 1-5 p.m.; Children of the Night Serves primarily child prostitutes ages 11- up. Hotline Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Emergency Shelter Hotline Los Angeles Helplines/websites focused on Area Resources 211 (formerly LA County Info Line) 24 hour information on all resources, including emergency food and shelter. Dial 211 Enhanced Emergency Shelter Program Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Pregnant Teens Early Intervention Hotlines/Web Sites Planned Parenthood Will connect the teen to the Planned Parenthood Provider nearest her home. Planned Parenthood is a source for contraception, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, prenatal and postnatal care, pregnancy options counseling and adoption referrals. Department of Children and Family Services Adoptions Division In the event a pregnant teen chooses to relinquish the child, she can call this number to set that process in motion. Project ABC- For Pregnant and Parenting Teens This website, (a project of Children s Institute, LACDCFS, LACDMH, Children s Hospital LA, and USC), lists support services and agencies offering programs for pregnant and/or parenting teens. It includes hotlines, sexually transmitted disease resources, and information about government financial assistance, continuing education, medical care, housing placement and other programs. Los Angeles County Dept. of Health Services, Adolescent STD/HIV Services Project California Youth Crisis Hotline If the teen (either mother or father) would like to speak anonymously about problems surrounding pregnancy, impending birth or any other problem, counselors are available to be of assistance National Council for Adoptions Provides information regarding adoption options. National Teenage AIDS/STD Hotline , Open Friday and Saturdays from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Operated by teens Teenwire For general questions about sex/pregnancy I Wanna Know For questions regarding sexually transmitted diseases. Current or Former Foster Youth Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Former Foster Youth ages transitioning out of the system, and at risk for or experiencing homelessness Department of Children and Family Services , - Online/phone resource for locating housing and supportive services for former foster youth ages transitioning out of the system, and at risk for or experiencing homelessness. Eligibility includes an ability to share a living space, and a willingness to work and save. Support services include short-term housing and paid utilities, case management, food stipend, career guidance, assistance locating permanent housing, transportation, and childcare for parenting teens. Pregnant and Parenting Housing Programs for Current or Former Foster Youth - This site lists housing programs for pregnant or parenting youth ages ranging from ages Most programs focus on females but others serve males as well. Program details include phone numbers and other contact information. Note: The reference to THP-Plus Programming means that eligible youth are former foster youth over the age of 18. Health Care 211 LA Agencies providing medical services for youth may be found at under Community Health Resources. Pregnant teens may locate needed medical support under the category of prenatal care. Homeless Health Care Los Angeles Telephone: HHCLA s Client Services program provides a continuum of outreach, assessment, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health services, case management, and an array of social services for any age homeless persons with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Local Legal Assistance for Homeless Youth Alliance for Children s Rights Legal Aid of Los Angeles Santa Monica Office Hotline at Santa Monica Night Clinic th Street, #124 Santa Monica, CA Days & Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 6 pm to 8 pm. Appointment is necessary: State and National Assistance Lines or Websites Shelter Listings Shelter Listings is dedicated to serving the homeless and low-income. Follow this link and then choose the city in California where you want to find shelter, halfway houses, affordable housing, supportive housing, etc. The database has numerous listings and includes emergency shelters, homeless shelters, day shelters, transitional housing, residential drug/alcohol rehabilitation programs and permanent affordable housing. California Youth Crisis Line toll free, 24-hour, Hotline (Live chat is available) The California Youth Crisis Line (CYCL) is a statewide, confidential Hotline available to teens and young adults ages and/or any adults supporting youth. It is also an immediate, reliable and free link between youth and local services. National Runaway Switchboard Information for youth, parents and providers, including local shelters, counseling resources, etc Cooperative Healthcare for the Homeless Network Telephone: ext CHCHN is a network of 14 healthcare providers around the county that offer a broad contingent of free health care services (including medical care, substance and alcohol abuse, mental health, case management, reproductive health and dental care) to the homeless. Public Counsel Public Counsel has a main office and five satellite offices. Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles TOLL FREE HOTLINE: Program offices are located in Pacoima, El Monte and Glendale, but services are available to qualifying residents of all LA County - from the Antelope Valley to San Pedro, from Westside Cities to the San Gabriel Valley. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Information for youth who are contemplating suicide. They route callers to the nearest center TALK The Trevor Project Information for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth U-Trevor Teen Line Chat support and resources for teens facing all sorts of crises, including eating disorders, rape, suicidal feelings, gay/lesbian feelings, etc. Active 6:00-10:00 pm Pacific Time
4 Listing of Local Service Providers Hollywood Region: Hollywood City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Housing; Street Outreach, Crisis Center, Support Services Covenant House Address: 1325 N. Western Ave. Hollywood CA Who is Served? Homeless youth ages 18-21; pregnant or parenting teens welcome Region: Hollywood City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Support for Pregnant and Parenting Teens; Case Management Project NATEEN/ Children s Hospital Los Angeles Address: 5000 Sunset Blvd., 7th Floor Los Angeles, CA Contact: Staff will take call and direct youth to the appropriate inhouse service provider Phone: URL: Who is Served? Pregnant or parenting teen mothers; teen fathers Comprehensive services provided to teen mothers including: Health Education, Parent Education and Counseling. Teen Parent Academy- The Academy prepares teen parents for employment and supports future planning and independence. NATEEN collaborates with community partners to link youth with services including: Prenatal Care, Health Care for the teen and her child, Housing Assistance, Public Benefits, School and Academic Counseling and Vocational Training. Project NATEEN also supports young fathers in becoming actively involved in their child s economic, social, and emotional support. Region: Hollywood City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Health Care Children s Hospital s High Risk Youth Program The Saban Free Clinic s S. Mark Taper Foundation Health Center Address: Clinic: 6403 Hollywood Blvd. LA Admin: 5000 Sunset Blvd., 7th Floor, LA Contact: Youth Crisis NineLine (daily 1-5 pm) Phone: URL: Offering safe supportive Housing and Pastoral Outreach to youth of all faiths to stabilize and provide services including: Street Outreach, Emergency, Transitional and Independent Living Shelter is Crisis Center Services, provided at The Rights of Passage House in Hollywood, the Health Services, HIV, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Counseling, and Educational Services including GED, life and job skills training. Covenant House and in transitional living apartments. The Mother/Child Program offers services for pregnant or parenting teens. Contact: Teen Info Line: Appointments: Phone: (HRYP) URL: (site created by teens for teens) Who is Served? Runaway, homeless or at-risk youth between the ages of The High-Risk Youth Clinic offers free medical comprehensive care, counseling and case management services. Medical care provided M W - 8:10 am-5:00 pm; and T TH 8:10 am-6:00 pm, 1st, 3rd & 5th F- morning only; 2nd & 4th F- afternoon only. Showers available T TH F 8:10 am-12:00 pm. Region: Hollywood City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Daily Drop-in Resource Center; ER Shelter for Youth 12-17; Housing; Street Outreach Hollywood and Venice LA Youth Network Taft House (Shelter) Address: 1754 Taft Avenue Los Angeles, CA Contact: Residential Intake: ; Taft House: Phone: Admin: LAYN (toll free) URL: Who is Served? Unaccompanied youth ages Targets runaway, homeless, and system youth Note: They do pick up youth (12-17) in need of shelter. Services (provided in English and Spanish) provided for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth include: ER Shelter for unaccompanied youth ages for up to 3 days (parental consent is not needed). Includes stabilizing shelter, meals, clothes, counseling and other needed support. Street Outreach in Hollywood and in Venice- (staff outreaches to unaccompanied at risk youth offering referrals for food, shelter and counseling) Taft House Drop In Center, a day time safe space, is open 7 days a week from 8:30 am-5:00 pm. It offers meals, counseling, showers, laundry services, transportation, medical, educational, placement, legal, and vocational referrals, job and independent living training and more. Referrals to 60 day LAYN Stabilization Center (20 beds/youth ages 12-17, parental consent). Transitional and Long Term Housing programs offer shelter and programming for system youth or youth ages who are leaving home for the first time. Taft House is open 7 days/week, 365 days/year. Region: Hollywood City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Drop-In Resource Center My Friend s Place Address: 5850 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA Contact: Ask for Case Managers Phone: ext. 103; youth-50 URL: Who is Served? Homeless, unaccompanied or at-risk youth ages Children of homeless youth are welcome. A Safe Haven Drop-In Resource Center open Monday-Wednesday & Friday 10:00 am-11:30 am & 1:00-3:00 pm, as well as Thursday 1:00-3:00 pm only. My Friend s Place focuses on building each youth s ability to meet their own physical and emotional needs by providing a low barrier, judgment-free environment which fosters trusting relationships. Services and programming provided include: Meals Clothes Emergency resources Health and well-being programs Educational services Therapeutic services Referrals to additional needed services, (such as shelter or medical assistance are also provided)
5 Region: Hollywood City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Program Housing Region: Hollywood City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Daily Drop in Center; ER Housing; Transitional Housing LA Gay & Lesbian Center The Youth Center Address: 1220 N. Highland Ave., LA, CA (Youth Drop-In Center) 7051 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA Who is Served? Gay and lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages Contact: Youth Center Phone: General URL: The Youth Center is open M-F from 8:30 am-5:30 pm and S/S from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Services Include: Free hot meals, fresh clothes, warm showers, Physical and mental health and drug rehabilitation care. laundry services, and relaxation spaces 10 beds of emergency overnight housing are also available. Educational support including GED programming, Youth may be referred to the 24 bed Transitional Housing art programming, a lending library, computer Program which offers supportive programming for up to access, job counseling and career development services 18 months. STD & HIV prevention, education and testing LifeWorks, a mentoring program is also available. Daily support groups Region: Hollywood City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Health Care The Salvation Army: The Way In Transitional Living Center Address: 5939 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA North East Valley Health Corp./ lead agency for Cooperative Health Care for the Homeless Network Address: 7843 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA Contact: Intake Phone: URL: www1.usw.salvationarmy.org Who is Served? Unaccompanied, homeless, single males and single females ages Intake Evaluation and referrals to needed resources available 8 am-5 pm, M-F. Emergency Housing available for up to 6 males up to age 17. Independent Living Program: 20 beds are available for at-risk youth ages that enroll in the Independent Living Program (ILP) and commit to educational or vocational training. Call for Intake. Contact: LAC-Canoga Park: San Fernando: Santa Clarita: Phone: NEVHC/CHCHN ext (Admin) Sun Valley: Van Nuys: N. Hollywood: Who is Served? Homeless individuals including youth URL: The listed centers provide comprehensive medical care, dental care, case management, behavioral management, alcohol and substance abuse, as well as Well Child Exams, Pediatric Care, Same Day Sick Child visits, and Women, Infant, Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program and referrals to other programs. In addition, NEVHC operates a Mobile Medical Clinic located at Lutheran Social Services in Van Nuys and San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health. Contact: or West Los Angeles/santa monica Region: South Bay & Mar Vista City: Mar Vista & Hermosa Beach Zip Code: Services: Emergency Shelter; 24 Hour Hotline 1736 Family Crisis Center & Runaway Homeless Youth Shelter Address: ER Youth Shelter: 1736 Monterey Blvd. Hermosa Beach CA (Note: ER Youth Shelter to move to Mar Vista in 2013.) Main Ofc: 2116 Arlington Ave, St 200, LA, CA 90018, Who is Served? Unaccompanied youth ages The Emergency Youth Shelter is open to any runaway, homeless, or throwaway teenager (ages 10-17) in crisis who agrees to abide by the rules and participate in the program (usually 2 weeks). Youth are accepted from anywhere in the Los Angeles region. (6 beds available for homeless youth). Goal is to safely reunite youth and families where possible. Services are free and include: Food and clothing Individual and group counseling, Medical Services, Contact: Call 24-Hour Hotline Phone: 5 Hotlines (call for beds): Region: Venice City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Drop in Center; Street Outreach Safe Place for Youth Contact: Executive Director: Alison Hurst Address: First Baptist Church 685 Westminister Ave. Phone: Los Angeles, CA URL: (at the First Baptist Church) Who is Served? Unaccompanied homeless youth under age 25 Street Outreach in Venice - Services include: food, hygiene products, clothing, blankets, emotional support, counseling, local transportation aid, referrals to shelters, and other resources. Venice Drop In Center open twice a week - T & TH 4:30-7:30 pm. A safe haven is offered along with hot meals, access to clothing and hygiene products, bus tokens, caring connection to an adult, therapeutic services, and resource referrals URL: Legal help Long-term safety planning Region: Venice City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Health Care Venice Family Clinic Contact: (for appointments) Address: 604 Rose Avenue Phone: (administration) Venice, CA URL: (Multiple Westside locations available) Who is Served? Low income people of all ages including homeless youth Comprehensive range of free Health Care Services provided including but not limited to eye and dental care, primary health care, prenatal care, pediatric care, chronic disease management, counseling and other needed health-related services. Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm School-based Centers devoted to teen health care services are: the Robert Levine Family Health Center, 905 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA the Culver City Youth Health Center,4401 Elenda Street, Culver City, CA) Homeless Health: Homeless patients may walk in beginning at 8:30 am, Monday through Friday at the 604 Rose Avenue Clinic location to be assessed for an appointment.
6 Region: West Side of Los Angeles City: Santa Monica Zip Code: Services: Drop-In Center OPCC Access Center Address: 503 Olympic Blvd. Santa Monica CA Region: West Side of Los Angeles City: Santa Monica Zip Code: Services: Mental Health Services Daniel s Place at Step up on Second Address: 1619 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA Contact: Access Center Phone: Ofc: URL: Who is Served? Homeless individuals over 18, but youth under 17 welcome This year-round Drop In Center provides homeless individuals seeking assistance basic and emergency services such as: Food, Clothing Restroom facilities Crisis intervention Case management Emergency shelter Mail service Information and referrals to other needed service providers Contact: Phone: ext. 21 URL: Who is Served? Any youth affected by mental illness including homeless youth Daniel s Place has consistently promoted early intervention and education to reduce the likelihood of the effects of mental illness becoming a persistent and disabling condition. Comprehensive, effective support services & programs leading to relapse prevention, self-sufficiency, and recovery for individuals affected by mental illness. Programs include: becoming active and assertive on the way to wellness and recovery; peer coaching and independent living skills; support for family members; involvement in meaningful activities; social connectedness; making sense of the often confusing mental health system; finding treatment that fits individual s needs; and identifying personal goals and building strategies to achieve them and supported employment training and placement Region: Venice/West LA City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Drop In and Street Outreach Common Ground/Homeless Youth Peer Education (HYPE) Address: Main: 2401 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica, CA HYPE: call for new Venice location Who is Served? Homeless and At-Risk Youth ages Contact: Polly Williams, Youth Prevention Coordinator (toll free) Phone: URL: Drop In and Outreach services: Homeless Youth: HYPE (Homeless Youth Peer Education) reaches kids on the street and offers them a comfortable, peer-based drop-in environment. Outreach: Street-based engagement and support providing information and referrals, needle exchange, snacks, first aid and hygiene products. Drop in: a safe and supportive environment which offers food, clothing, hygiene products, computer access, mail service, bus tokens, case management, counseling, HIV testing, prevention and health education, referrals. HYPE drop-in hours: T and TH 4:30-6:30pm. Call for location. Additional Health and Educational Services offered at the Santa Monica Community Center M-F 9-5:00 pm; TH 9-6 pm Region: West Side of Los Angeles City: Santa Monica Zip Code: Services: Health Care and Health-related Street Outreach Westside Family Health Center Contact: Julie Kirk, Address: 1711 Ocean Park Blvd. Phone: ext. 21 Santa Monica CA URL: Who is Served? Low Income people of all ages including homeless youth Comprehensive range of free or low cost Health Care Services provided including but not limited to primary health care, prenatal care, pediatric care, and reproductive health services. Youth ages cannot access primary health care services without parental consent unless they are emancipated minors. For Youth Ages WFHC offers reproductive health services Monday - Friday. The majority of youth qualify for free services, which include birth control, condoms, STD testing and treatment, rapid HIV testing, Plan B (emergency contraceptive pill), pregnancy test, UTI treatment, pap tests, and other sexual health concerns. Youth ages do not need parental consent for to access reproductive health services. The services are designed to reduce barriers that youth face when assessing barriers. Region: West Side of Los Angeles City: Santa Monica Zip Code: Services: Mobile Outreach, Emergency Services Night Light Youth Outreach Services a program of OPCC Address: th Street Santa Monica, CA Contact: Phone: , URL: Who is Served? Runaway and homeless youth ages in the Santa Monica and West Los Angeles area Night Light Youth Outreach Services provides emergency services and resources. Night Light staff travels by van to places where runaway and homeless youth and those who are at risk of sexual exploitation and abuse congregate to establish trusting relationships and to provide the following services: Food, clothing, blankets and hygiene supplies Street-based case management and support Referrals and transport to medical services and mental health counseling Transport to emergency and transitional shelters
7 Central Los Angeles/Echo Park/Silverlake Region: Downtown LA City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Housing; Crisis Intervention; Support Services Beyond Shelter-Headquarters Address: 205 South Broadway, Ste. 608 Los Angeles, CA Contact: Headquarters Phone: URL: Who is Served? Homeless families, including single parenting teens ages 18 and older with one or more children Beyond Shelter Focuses on Rapid Rehousing of homeless families, defined as one or more adult (18 or older) with legal custody of one or more children under age 18. Housing Access Centers are located at the headquarters and at satellite locations in Downtown L.A., Pacoima, Long Beach or South Los Angeles. Once enrolled in Housing First, a family works with a case manager to develop a Family Stability Plan. Crisis intervention is available to address immediate family needs, Beyond Shelter case managers guide families to develop permanent housing and social service plans. The program helps homeless families move into affordable rental housing in residential neighborhoods; then provides 6 months to 1 year of individualized, home-based social services support after the move. Region: MacArthur Park & S. LA/Athens City: Los Angeles Zip Code: & Services: Residential ER Shelter ( MacArthur Park); Drop-In Center (S. LA/Athens); Street Outreach Angel s Flight Contact: 24-hr hotline: a service of Catholic Charities Phone: URL: Address: My Club Drop-In Center 8705 S. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA Residential: 357 S. Westlake Los Angeles, CA Who is served? Unaccompanied homeless or at-risk and youth ages Angel s Flight provides street and community outreach, emergency shelter and services to run-away, homeless and at risk youth. The My Club Drop-In Center offers day services to youth ages including: Food Clothing Medical Care and Substance Abuse Treatment Classroom Teaching Therapy and Counseling Recreation The Residential Center has 15 beds are available for homeless youth ages Region: Echo Park/Silverlake City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Mobile Medical Services City Help Address: 2301 Bellevue Avenue Los Angeles, CA Who is Served? Homeless Individuals, including youth, in Shelters, Rehabilitative Centers and Impoverished Communities Free primary health care including primary care, alcohol/drug referrals, chronic disease management, counseling, medical testing, vaccinations and referrals for specialty care. Four locations: Long Beach Rescue Mission Salvation Army s Bell Shelter The Dream Center Region: Echo Park/Silver Lake City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Residential Program; Transitional Housing; Support Services St. Anne s Address: 151 N. Occidental Blvd. Los Angeles, CA Contact: Phone: URL: Downtown Los Angeles Skid Row - People may come in for medical services at 9:30 AM on Wednesdays. No appointment necessary. Contact: 24 hour Residential Intake Coordinator: Main + ext. 337, or (mobile) Phone: Main: URL: Who is Served? Pregnant or parenting teens between the ages of 13-24, who are in the child welfare system, OR on probation, with 1 or 2 children St Anne s is committed to programs and service with compassion and advocacy for young women and their children who have been abused, abandoned, neglected and otherwise challenged in Los Angeles County. St. Anne s programs include: St. Anne s Residential Treatment Program provides care and comprehensive services (mental health, child care, family literacy, family preservation, educational and vocational preparation, as well as access to, and collaborations with, other agencies and providers), for 32 pregnant and parenting teenage girls (ages 13 through 17), and 18 children. Transitional Housing Program accepts young mothers ages with up to two children. Emphasis is on emancipated young women formerly in foster care or on juvenile probation. This program offers up to 24 months of housing, medical and mental health services, educational training, job skills and other needed support services. Region: Pico Union/Westlake City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Outreach; ER and Transitional Housing; Support Services Casa Libre House/Freedom House (A project of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, Inc.) Address: 845 S. Lake Street Los Angeles, CA (Shelter) Mailing Address: 256 S. Occidental Blvd. Los Angeles, CA Contact: Program Director/ Service Coordinator Phone: Admin , ext. 307 URL: Who is served? Unaccompanied homeless youth ages with a focus on immigrants Freedom House/Casa Libre Services provided in Spanish and English and include: Outreach - conducted by Youth Counselors several nights each week and youth without homes and/or living in emergency shelters are identified and evaluated for possible participation in the Casa Libre program. Evaluated homeless and at risk youth are provided food, crisis counseling, and if not accepted into the program, are referred to agencies providing low or no-cost services. Program provides shelter, food, counseling, social, educational, medical and legal services and guides family reunification efforts where appropriate. 14 beds Emergency and Transitional Living Shelter for homeless children (focus on unaccompanied immigrant children) under the age of 18 years
8 East Los Angeles Region: East LA /Boyle Heights City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Housing; Supportive Services Jovenes, Inc. La Posada Emergency Shelter Learning to Live Campus Address: 1208 Pleasant Ave. Los Angeles, CA URL: Contact: Intake & Assessment Specialist - ext. 101 Case Manager, Emergency Shelter - ext. 102 Phone: General: ext for housing emergencies ext. 100 for reception Who is Served? Males ages experiencing homelessness Jovenes, Inc. offers housing and supportive services to male youth experiencing homelessness. The 90-day Emergency Shelter (6 beds) for male youth provides intervention, case management, and employment counseling that help youth break the immediate cycle of homelessness. The Transitional Housing Program offers at-risk youth who are employed or in school with the support, security and stability as they learn to live independently. The Employment & Education Preparation Program, supports homeless youth through educational and employment training, including GED and diploma obtainment, occupational career counseling, tutoring and job skills preparation. Street Soccer LA, a unique year-round outreach program is conducted through Sunday soccer practices at various Boyle Heights parks using the sport to reach area homeless and disenfranchised male youth. The Beacon Network- a directory of S. LA based services available for homeless and/or at risk youth. South Los Angeles Region: South LA (South of USC) City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Case Management; Street Outreach; Housing, Support Services New Image Emergency Shelter Address: Youth Program at New Image Emergency Shelter 3804 Broadway Place Los Angeles, CA Who is Served? Homeless, unaccompanied, runaway youth ages Project Youth provides Case Management (on site) and Street Outreach services to all Homeless Unaccompanied Runaway Youth. Services include: Case Management, Family Reunification support Referral to Youth Shelter(s) Educational funds for taking GED classes and the GED Exam Transportation Medical evaluations Youth ages 18 and older may be referred/accepted into the New Image Shelter which has 600 beds and offers extensive services. Region: South Central LA City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Street Outreach; ER Shelter; Residential Program Hope for Homeless Youth South Central Ministry Center Address: 1799 W. 91st Los Angeles, CA Contact: Homeless Youth Program Phone: URL: Contact: Exec. Dir: Pastor Clayton Golliher South Central Outreach Leader: Keenan Henderson Phone: URL: Who is Served? Homeless youth, runaways, and at risk youth teenage prostitutes ages Evangelical Christian Ministry based in South Central Los Angeles which conducts outreach to youth in Hollywood, Echo Park, Skid Row, Downtown Garment District, South Central LA, Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Goal is to assist troubled inner city youth in getting off the streets and into free shelter and connected to appropriate services. Services include: Emergency food, clothing, and up to 72 hour crisis shelter; a residential program which offers education, job training, spiritual counseling and other support services; and referrals to other needed services. San Fernando Valley Region: Mission Hills/San Fernando Valley City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Support Programs El Nido Family Center Address: Admin: Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 350 Mission Hills, CA Who is Served? Teen parents ages URL: Wrap-around teen services in a variety of Los Angeles locations including Carson, Pacoima, Mission Hills, and the Antelope Valley. El Nido assesses the unique needs of each teen parent and baby, and links them with needed services. El Nido s Cal-Learn and Adolescent Family Life Programs offers: health care, counseling, educational assistance, vocational training, housing, nutritional and/or income support. El Nido s Harold Cares About Your Future is a 13-week job preparation program that provides teen mothers and fathers between the ages of 15 and 21 with knowledge of the world of work, vocational skills and opportunities. Topics include: money management, career and goal exploration, resume writing, job interviewing techniques, labor law and job retention, plus basic life skills including boosting self-esteem and pregnancy prevention. Visiting Nurse and Best Babies programs provide support for pregnant teens. Region: Van Nuys/San Fernando Valley City: Los Angeles Zip Code: Services: Residential Support Services Children of the Night Address: Sylvan Street Van Nuys, CA Contact: South LA: Mission Hills: Pacoima: Antelope Valley: Phone: Main (Call Main Number to identify program nearest teen in need.) Contact: Call Hotline Phone: Hotline: Office: URL: Who is Served? Child prostitutes ages (housing provided), but children who are over 17 are eligible to receive services Serving children (boys and girls) who have been forced into prostitution, Children of the Night s offers safe refuge and comprehensive support services for child prostitutes seeking a way off the streets. 24-hour Hotline is operated 7 days a week by trained staff capable of enlisting needed support. A 24-bed home for children ages provides: 24/7 Transportation to the COTN Home Emotional support, clothing, food, shelter On-site School Physical and mental health counseling and treatment Other social services Acknowledgments: The author wishes to acknowledge the Teen Scape Librarian, Rachel Kitzmann, who spoke to members of a Library Council member tour group about the plight of the homeless youth who used the City Library as a safe haven. Expressions of appreciations are extended to Anne Youngblood, ECF Policy Committee Homeless Youth Community Liaison, and Melissa Lanchantin, ECF Policy Committee member, for their outreach efforts to agency providers and to Michael Craven, Annie E. Casey Foundation, for his assistance in identifying pregnant and parenting housing programs and other service providers. Additional and valuable project support was provided by Our Children LA Intern, Aislynn Cannon who verified program information, Lisa Cleri Reale Foundation Consultant, who guided the dialogue with the Library as well as the publication process, and City Librarian Eva Mitnick, Acting Youth Services Manager, Central Library, who gave of her time to discuss library needs