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 Programs participate as members of multiple advocacy groups across LA County working on advancing public policy that is responsive to the needs of youth. This work includes awareness around issues facing homeless youth (such as affordable housing options), and advocating for appropriate solution to end youth homelessness at conferences nationwide. 

Leadership and Coalitions:

  • Department of Mental Health Service Area Advisory Committee (SAAC5)
  • Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership (HHYP), Member
  • Los Angeles Coalition to End Youth Homelessness ( LACEYH), At-large and Steering Committee member
  • National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness
  • Service Planning Area (SPA) 5 Adult Coordinated Entry System
  • Westside Coalition, Board Member
  • Westside Homeless Youth Provides (WHYP)
  • Westside Mental Health Committee
  • West Coast Convening