Advocacy and Policy
Ending youth homelessness requires the involvement of a multitude of stakeholders: public and private service providers, county systems representatives, policymakers, researchers, funders, coalitions, community members and volunteers. Safe Place for Youth recognizes that youth who access our services need us to be their voice of change at the city, county, state and federal level. Our Executive Director and Director of Housing Advocacy participate as members and leaders of multiple advocacy groups across LA County working on advancing public policy that is responsive to the needs of youth.
Additionally, SPY's youth advocacy panel, "SPY Squad" meets weekly to communally address the issues that matter to them most. This work includes awareness around issues facing homeless youth (such as affordable housing options and the need for employment opportunities), and advocating for appropriate solution to end youth homelessness at conferences locally and nationwide.
Leadership and Coalitions:
- Westside Homeless Youth Partners (WHYP), Convener
- Los Angeles Coalition to End Youth Homelessness (LACEYH), Tri-Chair and Steering Committee member
- Westside Coalition, Board Member
- Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership (HHYP), Member
- National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness, Presenter
- West Coast Convening, Presenter
- Coordinated Entry System Policies and Procedures, Member
- Department of Mental Health Service Area Advisory Committee (SAAC5), Participant and Steering Committee
- Service Planning Area (SPA) 5 Adult Coordinated Entry System, Participant
- Westside Mental Health Committee, Participant