The mission of the South Los Angeles Homeless Transition Age Youth (TAY) and Foster Care Collaborative is to prevent and end youth homelessness in the South Los Angeles region. Driven by the belief that strategic community partnerships are essential for creating a system of care that will best meet the needs of homeless Transition Age Youth (TAY) and Foster Care youth, ages 16-25, the Collaborative is working with agencies serving TAY and foster care youth, community leaders, and youth in South Los Angeles.
To achieve our mission, our priorities are the following:
- Increase the leadership, resilience, & transparency of agencies serving homeless youth
- Influence public policy
- Raise awareness & increase knowledge around homeless youth issues
- Mobilize the community
- Coordinate resources and services
- Foster accountability among the community, service providers, stakeholders, & youth
Who We Are
Leaders and community stakeholders who serve and are concerned about homeless TAY and Foster Care youth in South Los Angeles. Our Collaborative has members from TAY housing providers, nonprofit organizations serving TAY and Foster Care Youth, TAY, faith-based and church leaders, L.A. County and City agencies, law enforcement, leaders of neighborhood groups, policy organizations, and many others.
- Monthly Collaborative meetings to build leadership capacity, share resources, and provide technical assistance to Collaborative members and agencies serving TAY and Foster Care Youth.
- Create a greater presence and voice for South Los Angeles around homeless youth issues in the Los Angeles County through a variety of communication vehicles (online, social media, and print).
- Participate in policy and planning discussions, committees and groups addressing youth homelessness across South Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County.
- Conduct and implement a strategic community planning process to develop solutions to prevent and end youth homelessness.
The South L.A. Homeless TAY and Foster Care Collaborative was formed in 2012 to respond and develop a coordinated effort that will leverage community, public, and private resources. The Collaborative seeks to work with a broad spectrum of residents, youth, community organizations, businesses, schools, and government to reduce and prevent youth homelessness.
There are many homeless youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 years old who are from the South Los Angeles region. The South Los Angeles region has the highest number of homeless people in Los Angeles County. In addition, one in every five homeless persons are under 24 years old in South Los Angeles. Experiencing a wide range of circumstances that extend to poverty, violence, lack of family infrastructure and stability, abuse, neglect, and lack of education, homelessness often becomes a reality for these young people. Through our collective effort, passion, and commitment, we hope to better equip our community with the information, resources, and support to strategically address youth homelessness in South Los Angeles.