According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), homelessness among youth continue to increase. In 2020, 4,775 youth experienced homelessness in Los Angeles County, which was up 19% from the previous year.
Risk Factors for Homelessness
Did you know that youth experiencing homelessness in LA have unique needs and characteristics? The needs and characteristics include: being Black or Latinx, LGBT, not having a job, not having a housing history, not having a support system, or positive adult relationships. LAHSA and their network of providers are available to help link youth with housing needs with appropriate resources. If you or a friend you know is experiencing homelessness or is at-risk of homelessness, contact our prevention navigator to help link you to housing resources or contact one of the Youth & Young Adult Drop-In Centers listed below.
Housing Rights Center: www.housingrightscenter.org
If you or someone you know is suicidal, please call 1(800) 273-8255.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis in California, please call 1(800) 843-5200.
Testing and Treatment
HIV/STI Testing Sites
To learn more about HIV testing, check out the CDC Website or search for testing sites using the search tool above. Interested in learning about the HIV risk, check out the HIV Risk Estimator Tool. The CDC Resource Library also has some useful handouts and information on HIV and learning more about testing services.
You can also explore the testing services offered at local Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Sexual Health Clinic Locations. These health clinics offer FREE confidential HIV/STD screening and treatment. You can also call LA County's HIV/STD Hotline to ask about in-home test kits at (800) 758-0880.
Planned Parenthood is a great resource. They offer many of their services for free. They offer services to men too! You can get items like free condoms. If having your parents know you’re sexually active is a problem, you can opt for your information to be confidential.
Service and Bed Availability Tool (SBAT)
The Service & Bed Availability Tool (SBAT) can help you find the substance use services you, your client, or loved one is looking for.
The SBAT is a web-based tool that provides a dashboard of available substance use services throughout Los Angeles County, including: outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment, different levels of residential treatment, withdrawal management, Opioid Treatment Programs (methadone clinics), Recovery Bridge Housing, and DUI programs.
Click to view SBAT
Click to visit RecoverLA
Trusted Los Angeles County and national databases organized by HIV Connect
Click to Explore
Love Azusa: loveazusa.org
Veterans Peer Access Network (VPAN)
Each Mind Matters: May is Mental Health Matters Month (Eng & Spanish)
LA County Department of Mental Health: http://dmh.lacounty.info (Eng & Spanish)
Teens and TAY
YWCA: Teens group
YWCA: W.E. Empower
YWCA: SGV Domestic Violence Services