Short-term (up to 3 weeks)

LAYC offers its family-based or host home model for youth with short-term housing needs and youth who could benefit from long-term placement with a family.

Our short-term program (up to 21 days) provides emergency shelter to homeless and runaway youth, ages 12-17. LAYC recruits and trains English and Spanish-speaking individuals and families as host families to provide youth with safe, loving, and stable homes. As part of this program, biological families receive family preservation services.

Family Preservation (short-term only)

The goal of family preservation is to reunite youth with their families. Our staff makes every effort to mediate temporary conflicts that do not pose a long-term threat to the youth’s safety. Our staff provides in-home family counseling, parent skills development, and mental health treatment to youth. We work with families who may be experiencing difficulties with adolescent behavior problems and mental health concerns as well as the effects of abuse or neglect, trauma, and poverty. We typically work with the families of youth at risk of running away or who have run away and are housed with one of our host families for five weeks.

Long-Term (up to 18 months)

Our long-term program helps older homeless youth, 18-21, transition to adulthood in a loving home. Once a youth is placed in the home of a certified family, the program provides supportive services to the youth, the host family, and the youth’s biological family. These services include crisis intervention; individual, group, and family counseling; mental health assessments; advocacy; referrals; intensive case management; and transportation.

Requirements for Youth in Our Family-Based Housing Program

  • Must be 12-17 years old for short-term placement; 18-21 for long-term placement
  • Must be homeless or runaway
  • Cannot be actively using drugs. If so, youth must be actively participating or willing to participate in a treatment program.
  • Must not be considered a danger to self or others
  • Must be willing to comply with the objectives agreed upon in his/her treatment plan.
Contact Information for DC residents

Karla Casanova, Family Resource Specialist, karla@layc-dc.org, (202) 300-9202.

Contact Information for MD residents

Angela Gonzalez, Program Manager, a.gonzalez@layc-dc.org, (202) 247-7073.

Learn about becoming a host family or foster parent with LAYC.