Jovenes Releases “From the Fringes” Report Focused on Homeless TAY
We highly recommend that this report be read, which provides critical analysis on homeless youth in East L.A., Hollywood, and South L.A. Funded by Th California Endowment, Jovenes has documented important factors and characteristics of homeless TAY youth in these communities, who are primarily African-American and Latino. Based on their study, Jovenes made some recommendations:
- Expand pipeline for youth to access permanent supportive housing and increase the number of affordable units dedicated to youth.
- Advocate for TAY to be included as a priority target population in Los Angeles various strategies to address homelessness (current prioritized populations are veterans and chronically homeless adults).
- Development of housing and funding/Financing approaches that avoid “one size fits all“ strategies to respond to the different levels of development stages of youth while continuing to provide a personalized level of support across the different housing options youth may transition into.
- Advocate for exception to the rule in regard of background check, credit and employment history to allow increased chances of success to enter permanent housing.
- Build capacity for the creation of local solutions within communities where access to a full continuum of care which allows youth to grow, integrate and feel included in the community they live in.