LOS ANGELES —Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer joined with an array of social service providers, community organizations and businesses to launch a new initiative to provide homeless youth with needed services to get off the streets and turn their lives around. The clinic, funded in part by a grant from the County of Los Angeles, was hosted at Covenant House of California, in Hollywood.
"The growing number of homeless youth in Hollywood, and across our City, is a continuing crisis we all must address," said Feuer. "This citation clinic, focused on homeless youth, is designed to empower them to break the cycle of homelessness and get on a path to a brighter future."
"The results of the Homeless Count, released last week, gave us a much clearer picture than we’ve previously had of the number of young people currently homeless in the County," said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. "I strongly support City Attorney Feuer’s effort to focus new efforts on our homeless youth. We have to do whatever it takes to stabilize their lives and help them find the road to a safe and successful adulthood."
"I am pleased to partner with our City Attorney, the Covenant House, and other supportive services in Hollywood to provide this incredible resource to the most vulnerable in our community," said Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell. "Far too often we see young people, particularly LGBT youth, kicked out of their homes. There is nothing more important than doing whatever we can to ensure these Angelenos have the foundation for stability and a successful life."
The Homeless Youth Citation Clinic is being provided in partnership with Youth Policy Institute, Covenant House of California, Los Angeles LGBT Center, AIDS Project Los Angeles and a host of other service providers. The event will allow participants to have citations and related fines removed from their records in exchange for taking advantage of housing and other services. The clinic will also offer clothing and accessories, hygiene kits, HIV testing and services from a host of community providers.
Though this is the first clinic focused on youth, Feuer has held other Homeless Citation Clinics during the past year in Venice, Sylmar and Long Beach, helping several hundred individuals.