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Daniel’s Places is one of the few programs in LA County offering services specifically targeted to transitional aged young adults (TAY) 16 – 28 years of age. According to the 2019 LAHSA Homeless Youth Count, Los Angeles County has 3,926 unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness, which was a 24% increase from the previous year. These young adults have unaddressed trauma and untreated mental health conditions. These challenges severely compromise the health and well-being of youth experiencing homelessness and jeopardize their efforts to reconnect with society and succeed in education and employment. Without appropriate and compassionate intervention, many youths experiencing homelessness are at high risk of entering into an irreversible cycle of chronic homelessness, total dependence on welfare, long-term mental health conditions, and a permanent aversion to society. Step Up has made the TAY services of Daniel’s Places an organizational priority to deliver the necessary support.
TAY services and programs include: street outreach and engagement; a drop-in center; supportive housing; workforce development; mental health care; service coordination; healthcare; education; and linkages to other services.
This drop-in center for individuals 16-28 years of age, who were chronically homeless and receiving or in need of mental health services opened its doors in 1998 and is named after Daniel Greenberg, a scholar, athlete, actor, humanitarian, outreach worker at Step Up, and member of its Board of Directors. Daniel’s Place was created to honor Daniel’s memory and to educate and support young persons in recovery from mental health conditions.
Daniel’s Place provides a safe, comfortable social environment to assist youth in their path to wellness and recovery. The program provides supportive, clinical, recreational and skill building groups and individual therapy, psychiatric, nursing and case management services, personal coaching for learning, linkage to education and employment, a hot meal, assistance with transportation, a clothing closet, linkage to housing and a safe place to be 7 days a week. Part of the mission includes securing housing for youth and providing supportive services to help youth retain housing and begin their transition into independence.
Individuals 18-25 years of age, with a history of multiple psychiatric hospitalizations, incarcerations, who have experienced a first psychotic break, homeless or are in danger of homelessness, and may have a history of co-occurring disorders.
Step Up’s 10 permanent supportive housing communities, and scattered sites across the region – TAY participants from all of the above programs.
Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership (HHYP) – Step Up is also a member of the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership (HHYP), a strategic alliance of youth-serving agencies including: LA Children’s Hospital; LA Youth Network; My Friend’s Place; Los Angeles LGBT Center; and Covenant House. The goal of HHYP is to prevent and reduce homelessness among youth and young adults in Hollywood through: service impact; training and capacity building; research and evaluation; and policy and advocacy. The HHYP collaborative mission is to ensure TAY have access to safe housing; where physical and mental health needs can be addressed so they don’t become a life-long disability; reducing high risk sexual, criminal, and substance behaviors; addressing trauma and emotional distress and strengthening protective factors such as family and social supports; promoting mental and physical health; and providing educational linkages and supported employment services building on the individuals strengths, capacities, resiliency, and natural community.
Go to Daniel’s Place: 1619 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404 or call (310) 392-5855
In Hollywood: 6762 Lexington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038 or call (323) 380-7591
Donations can be sent c/o Step Up Development
11693 San Vicente Blvd. #902, Los Angeles, CA 90049 • Phone (310) 696-4510 x2200
or online at www.stepuponsecond.org/donate
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