Dec 3, 2013
What are you giving this #GivingTuesday?
Nov 20, 2013
This lawmaker has decided to “clean up the streets” by actually destroying homeless people’s shopping carts with a sledgehammer. Not super shocking - he’s from Hawaii, a state who recently came up with $100,000 to fund one-way tickets out of Hawaii for the state’s homeless people. Apparently if you are homeless, Aloha just means good-bye.
Read the full story here
Nov 19, 2013
Homeless youth are vulnerable to mental health problems such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. One in five homeless youth have attempted suicide, and more than half of heterosexual homeless youth have had suicidal thoughts, while approximately three-fourths of LGBT youth have had such thoughts.
Nov 13, 2013
20% of Young Homeless Women Become Pregnant. Homeless young woman are 5 times more likely to become pregnant than house young women.
Research indicates as many as 20% of young homeless women become pregnant. Among a national sample of runaway and homeless youth, being of an ethnic minority, dropping out of school and feeling abandoned by one’s family were high predictors of pregnancy.
Nov 8, 2013
Brooke singing Amy Winehouse at Open Mic Night at the Drop-In Center.
We were waiting for her rendition of everyone’s favorite Amy Winehouse song: Valerie - but there were too many other youth in line so she could only do a couple songs for us. Next month!
Nov 1, 2013
November is Runaway & Homeless Youth Awareness Month.
Follow the California Runaway & Homeless Youth Month for a fact a day about youth homelessness. We’ll be posting facts and stories about homeless youth in LA all month.
Oct 30, 2013
Just realized it’s a Wednesday and there is nothing on TV? Not even The Voice?! Check out KLCS at 10:00pm to see the LA County Board of Supervisors meeting. Members of the Los Angeles Coalition to End Youth Homelessness Committee attended to promote Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Executive Director of My Friends’ Place, Heather Carmichael, gives a brief speech as well. If your DVR is busy recording Top Chef - you can go to this website to watch it at your leisure:
Oct 29, 2013
Friday, October 25th was the Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition’s Celebrating Success Breakfast. SPY’s honoree this year is Juan, and here is his story.
It’s living hell but it’s when you realize things. I know how to appreciate life better now.
Growing up in a broken family with 9 brothers and sisters, I had to grow up fast. I was always helping my family and worrying about them, however nobody ever helped or supported me. Nobody ever told me they loved me. I felt like I wasn’t good enough. I got kicked out at 13, the first time I was ever homeless.
I dreamed of finishing school but had to work to support myself. I worked different jobs traveling through different states until I was 22. I was lost my job and my mental health issues got worse. I was homeless and on the streets not because I wanted, but because I couldn’t face my fears, my past, not having a family and not having anyone to fall back on. I was alone, by myself. I had no one and just couldn’t face it. I started using drugs, which made me feel good, but I was still in the same place, I was still on the streets.
I got tired of feeling hopeless. I started to go to the youth drop-ins like Safe Place for Youth (SPY), Common Ground, and OPCC. I got a case manager, started counseling and got the resources and support to get through another day. The staff and volunteers helped me to feel good about myself and gave me the confidence to then take the first steps to look for a job.
I have had a full time job since October 2012 and moved into an apartment a month later. I have turned my life around and I am grateful to everyone who has helped me to get to where I am today.
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 9, 2013
SPY Youth Services Manager Polly Williams was featured in this story which ran nationally in Australia. Les Twentman, an Australian Youth Worker, came to the US to learn about the issues facing American youth workers. While in LA, he visited with Father Boyle at Homeboy Industries, and he came to visit SPY and do some street outreach with our team.