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Launched in 2017 as a Pilot Program, SPY’s Host Home Program has now been fully integrated into our continuum of care. Host Home Programs have been tested and implemented throughout the UK and North America as an innovative way to respond to the growing need for emergency shelter options. Recently highlighted by NPR, our Host Home Program matches volunteer hosts in Los Angeles with SPY youth for short-term stays of 3-6 months. The first to be launched in LA County, SPY’s Host Home Program targets young adults, ages 18-25, who are pursuing academic and employment goals, enrolled in Rapid Re-Housing or equipped with a Section 8 voucher, and who are need of bridge housing for a 3-6 month period of time.

During their stays, youth can take advantage of our Access Center resources including our Housing Case Management Program, Education and Employment Program, and Counseling. Desired hosts are welcoming, non-judgmental individuals, couples, or families with a spare room or converted private space to offer, and are committed to helping homeless youth lead safe, stable, and self-directed lives. Hosts are offered financial stipends of up to $500/month to cover any additional costs incurred for room and board such as increased housing utilities.To find out more visit our Host Home Page:

If you're interested in finding out more information, respond to this post to set up a informational phone call with our host homes coordinator!

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About Safe Place for Youth


2469 Lincoln Blvd., VENICE, CA 90291, US

Mission Statement

Safe Place for Youth’s mission is to inspire, nurture, and empower the resilient human spirit of homeless youth by providing immediate and lasting solutions, one young person at a time.


It is estimated there are approximately 9.000 homeless youth living in the Los Angeles area, with 100% of them without shelter each night on the Westside of Los Angeles.... Safe Place for Youth believes these harsh realities are unacceptable and we are committed to advocating for these youth and helping them in any way possible. We provide services and support for homeless youth and those who are at risk of becoming homeless by addressing basic human needs through a "safe haven" atmosphere of hope and concern. SPY provides three core areas of service provision; Drop-in Center, Case Management and Street Outreach. The majority of our organization is on a volunteer basis; operating on donations of time, funds and goods.

SPY is dedicated to providing a safe and pleasant environment that will allow youth to relax, escape the dangers of the streets, and just spend some time being themselves. We offer Drop-In hours Tuesday and Thursday 1-6pm where youth can access case management, pregnancy & parenting, educational & employment and health & dental services, a hot meal, the internet and a variety of art classes. We also have street outreach where we engage in youth on the streets and introduce them to SPY.
Children & Youth
Homeless & Housing


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2469 S. Lincoln Blvd.VENICE, CA 90291






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