HOLLYWOOD — Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell joined County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and the Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) on Thursday to open the doors on LAYN’s new home in Hollywood for foster and homeless youth.
The 10,000-square-foot 1919 Craftsman style home replaces LAYN’s current 30-year old barrack style emergency shelter. The new residence offers eight bedrooms, an art therapy room, and other amenities to create a loving and stable environment for 300 foster youth a year.
“I find it terribly heartbreaking that thousands of children are displaced from their homes and end up on the streets of Los Angeles," said O'Farrell. "I commend the Los Angeles Youth Network for doing its part to create a safe place for homeless children until they are able to transition out of the foster care system and into permanent housing. Pursuing a dedicated source of funding to house the most vulnerable members of our community is a primary focus of mine on the L.A. City Council."
LAYN is the only organization in Hollywood that provides residential care for homeless youth ages 12-21.
“We are thrilled to be able to move our emergency shelter into this comforting and lovely environment,” said Mark Supper, Executive Director, Los Angeles Youth Network. “We see kids who are the most traumatized. They come to us right after they have been removed from their home or a difficult foster placement. It is critical that the environment in which they find themselves provides a sense of comfort and safety. This new building will do just that.”
LAYN was Founded in 1984, by a group of physicians from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
PHOTO CREDIT: Gary Leonard