Our New Shelter
The Los Angeles Youth Network celebrates the opening of its newest facility called the Hollywood Youth House. This past October, the facility was approved as a 17-bed, emergency placement for Foster Care Youth, and LAYN youth moved into their new home!
The house is a 10,000 square foot 30-day emergency shelter for displaced youth in the foster care system. It sits on a quiet residential street in Hollywood with a gated lot, a large backyard and ample space to deliver quality programs. Eight bedrooms allow youth to sleep two-to-a-room. Separate rooms downstairs enable them to receive counseling, mentoring, art therapy, family reunifications, tutoring, and other educational and development programs. Last Spring, in preparation to acquire and move into this new home, Los Angeles Youth Network sold its former foster care shelter on Gower. Thanks to the generous support from our valued donors, the Hollywood Youth House is a reality!
The Hollywood Youth House expects to serve 300 foster care youth each year. The program aims to help traumatized, abused, foster care youth achieve a degree of stability within a 30-day stay (which can be extended if necessary.)
Youth enter the Hollywood Youth House because they are placed there by the Department of Children and Family (DCFS) social workers. They have been removed from their families and are either entering the custody of DCFS for the first time, or they are experiencing some sort of upheaval and have been removed from their previous foster placement. Displacement within the DCFS, particularly when a child reaches adolescence, is common. A 2013 study of over 11,000 California foster adolescents found that 60% of all youth participants had resided in three or more foster placements, and more than half of those had resided in more than five. Youth experiencing either of these scenarios are likely to be dealing with complicated emotions and trauma related to abuse, neglect, and/or disruption of their life circumstances, relationships and routines.