No Child Deserves to be Homeless

At LAYN, We believe that youth should be free of abuse and neglect. We believe that all kids deserve to be fed, housed and cared for. We believe that all kids deserve access to an education, not just the ones who are lucky enough to receive it. We believe that all youth deserve the chance to be prepared for a successful, productive adulthood, and therefore we embrace the diversity of the youth we serve regardless of their race, gender, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and personal beliefs.

Unfortunately, thousands of youth sleep on the streets each year in our own community. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 10,000 youth under the age of 24 end up homeless each year in Los Angeles County. Thousands more are neglected by overburdened and overwrought public systems. These kids haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy a childhood. They have experienced severe traumas over long periods of time. Once they turn to the streets, they enter into a constant state of survival mode, trying to make it work from one minute to the next. Their lives, in a word, are chaos.

LAYN has a proven track record of success in working with this population of youth. As one of the few shelters licensed to care for youth 12-17, we perform a vital service in Los Angeles and Hollywood. Last year, we provided nearly 10,000 bed nights to youth in need of shelter. We reached over 2,000 youth and provided more than 35,000 meals to youth through street outreach and shelter placement.

LAYN’s mission is to empower abused, neglected and homeless adolescents to become self-sufficient. It is our belief that to achieve this, the community must be engaged. We, as an agency, must provide the highest quality support services and housing. We must also engage other agencies, law enforcement, families, neighbors, youth and friends to mobilize and more importantly -to ACT. We do this so that every child can experience a meaningful life free of abuse, neglect and trauma.

We invite you to join us in our efforts BY HELPING us engage, care for, and prepare these youth for self-sufficiency.

 quotepicyouthfemale"When things got really bad with Amber’s family, she ran away to Hollywood-a place where she thought anyone could have a chance to follow their dreams and soon turned to drugs… “I just needed to do something to get me through the pain.” Soon after, Amber entered shelter at LAYN. “Being at LAYN helped me find out what I want to do and what I want to do with my entire life."

 -LAYN resident