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Safe Place for Youth's (SPY) Host Home Program started as a Pilot Program in 2017. In order to address the growing homelessness crisis, we decided to take an innovative approach by tapping into our local community. The Host Home Program entails Volunteer Hosts (members of the community) who open up an underutilized space in their homes to youth experiencing homelessness. For a duration of 3 to 6 months, youths will have a safe place to recuperate and get back on their feet as they work with Case Managers and program staff to obtain stable housing, steady employment, and more.

The Host Home Program is a model that has been tested and implemented first in the UK thirty years ago and has been adopted in North America as a creative means to house youths. By engaging our community members, we work together to break away the stigma that comes with homelessness and undergo a transformative experience. Since our program inception, all 13 of our youths have been housed in permanent housing upon exit of the program and all have obtained or maintained steady employment.

Hosts will undergo a background check, TB test, home inspection, and must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Homeowner's or renter's insurance is required. Hosts will also have the option to receive a $500 monthly stipend which they may use in any way they wish.

If you are in a position to help youth in your community (within LA County), we seriously want to hear from you!

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Mission Statement

To empower young people experiencing homelessness to thrive by providing lasting, community-driven solutions that address racial and social inequity.


Safe Place for Youth was founded in 2011 by a group of dedicated volunteers and Founder Alison Hurst, offering hot food, clothing, and socks to homeless youth in Venice Beach from their cars. Since those humble beginnings, we've been driven to give youth opportunities to transform by multiplying our services, building our programming, and strengthening our partnerships. With incredible support from Board Members, donors, volunteers, and partner organizations, SPY has grown from a 100% volunteer-led organization to a professional staff of 55 employees, whose skill set have strengthened our programs.

In April 2015, we moved into our own building in Venice, giving us the opportunity to expand programs, address youth needs, and partner with local specialty service providers. The timing of our expansion is significant. In Los Angeles, there is a real urgency in addressing the issues of homelessness and SPY stays centrally involved in the discussions impacting policy change. The reality is that the numbers of homeless youth have increased to epidemic proportions, which means we must respond to the crisis by continuing to grow our programs and maintaining our leadership role with coalition groups working to end youth homelessness.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


340 Sunset AvenueLos Angeles, CA 90291



  • Conflict Resolution
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 to 6 months
  • – Must undergo SPY's background check, TB test, proof of COVID-19 vaccination, must reside in LA County, provide a copy of homeowners or renters insurance.

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