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Safe Place for Youth's (SPY) Host Home Program is an innovative, grassroots approach to addressing a community’s homelessness crisis. By matching Transitional Age Youth (18-24 yrs old) facing housing instability to underutilized bedrooms and spaces in individual homes around Los Angeles, we make more efficient use of available housing resources while providing each young person with needed access to short-term shelter and a meaningful connection to a caring community member. By accessing a host home, young people are able to engage in the long-term housing search safely and more successfully, and receive support services while in SPY’s Host Home Program.

Host Home Programs have been successfully launched across the country, with communities tailoring program components to their community’s unique needs. This program will focus on matching youth guests for stays of 3 to 6 months, as an interim step along with their long-term housing plan. Hosts will be offered monthly financial stipends of $500 for their participation and guests will receive SPY’s support services including case management, job skills training, and mental health counseling. Matches will be made based on shared interests and goals and will create the foundation for authentic, meaningful relationships.

Our hosts must reside in LA County and will meet the following requirements/steps before being matched:
- Be age 25+
- Have a private bedroom or a suitable shared living space (no more than 2 per room)
- Valid ID
- Proof of homeowner's/renter's insurance
- Undergo a Home Inspection
- Undergo a Live Scan
- Complete a TB Test (valid if completed within the past year)
- Complete a 2-hour volunteer orientation and Host Home specific training
- Complete any additional documentation for financial stipend
- Provide copy of COVID-19 vaccination (if applicable, not required for Host Home providers)

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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.

Children & Youth
Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


340 Sunset AvenueLos Angeles, CA 90291



  • Critical Thinking
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • Program duration: 3-6 months

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