LOS ANGELES — City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell partnered 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 Homeless Youth Citation Clinic, funded in part by a grant from Los Angeles County, 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,” Feuer said. “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 earlier this month, gave us a much clearer picture than we’ve previously had of the number of young people currently homeless in the county,” county Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said. “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,” O’Farrell said. “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 clinic was 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 allowed participants to have citations and related fines removed from their records in exchange for taking advantage of housing and other services. The clinic also offered clothing and accessories, hygiene kits, HIV testing and services from a host of community providers.
Feuer has held other homeless citation clinics during the past year in Venice, Sylmar and Long Beach, helping several hundred individuals.