On any given night, there are an estimated 500 homeless youth in the District of Columbia; virtually all of them are on the street through no fault of their own. Homeless youth have an especially difficult time finding shelters that respond to their particular needs. As adolescents, they are still developing both psychologically and physically. They require services that meet their physical and mental health needs and support them with appropriate educational and vocational resources.
LAYC’s Safe Housing programs aim to reunite homeless and runaway youth with their families or help them find safe, stable housing. From our street outreach program that canvases streets to reach homeless youth, to our transitional living programs that support a path to self-sufficiency, LAYC offers bi-lingual and culturally sensitive residential and support services to youth 12-24 years of age of diverse backgrounds and needs. Our housing programs include independent apartments and family-based placements specializing in young people who are pregnant or parenting, identify as LGBTQ, are recent immigrants, or are in or exiting foster care. On average, LAYC serves 90 homeless and runaway youth per month through these programs in the District of Columbia and Maryland’s Prince George’s County.