Who We Are

The Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership (HHYP) is a strategic alliance of youth-serving agencies working together to prevent and end homelessness among youth and young adults in Hollywood.

Mission + Vision

Mission:

The Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership (HHYP) is a strategic alliance of youth-serving agencies working together to prevent and end homelessness among youth and young adults in Hollywood. We work to achieve our goals through service coordination, training and capacity building, policy and advocacy, and collaborative data collection and research.

Vision:

We envision a time when each young person has a home, and when all young people have the community and resources they need to embark on rich and meaningful lives.

History + Purpose

The HHYP was formally established in 1999, and many of the member agencies have been working together since the early 1980s. Through coordinated service planning, staff address service gaps, avoid duplication of effort and support the adoption of best practices across the network of services. In addition to improving the agencies’ direct services, the shared vision and leadership of the HHYP gives member agencies a stronger voice around community planning and greater traction to effect change through legislative advocacy.

HHYP Member Agencies

As a member agency of the HHYP, organizations are part of a strategic alliance that has an aligned philosophy, population, approach, and coordinated services for maximum impact.

Member agencies share a commitment to:

  • Supporting the HHYP’s mission, vision, and values;
  • Providing trauma-informed services; using harm reduction approaches; and incorporating positive youth development principles;
  • Implementing a non-discrimination policy indicating that no young person may be denied access to services because of the person’s gender identity, race, religion; national origin, ancestry, creed, or sexual orientation; or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability.

Together, HHYP agencies provide a full continuum of care to young people experiencing homelessness in our community. HHYP member agencies include the following seven agencies that serve young people in Hollywood.

Aviva Family & Children’s Services

Aviva believes every child and every family in our Los Angeles community deserves the chance for a brighter future. We provide a continuum of care with direct services across four main program areas: mental health services, intensive community-based services, foster & adoption programs, and interim supportive housing for women and children. Wallis House, Aviva’s residential program for unhoused women and children in Hollywood, offers interim housing, food, essential resources, therapeutic care, and case management.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles,
Divison of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (DAYAM) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles promotes healthy futures by attending to the physical, emotional, and social needs of young people ages 12 to 25. Our multidisciplinary team works to advance the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults by integrating health care, health promotion and prevention, youth development, professional education, advocacy, and research and evaluation in response to the needs of young people and their communities.

Covenant House California

Covenant House California (CHC) is a non-profit youth shelter that provides sanctuary and support for youth experiencing homelessness, ages 18-24. We believe that no young person deserves to be homeless; that every young person in California deserves shelter, food, clothing, education … and most importantly, to be loved. CHC provides a full continuum of services to meet the physical, emotional, educational, vocational, and spiritual well-being of young people, in order to provide them with the best chance for success in independence.

Los Angeles LGBT Center, Youth Services

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is the world’s largest LGBT organization with 10 locations across Los Angeles. The Center’s Youth Center serves youth up to the age of 24 who are currently at-risk of, or experiencing homelessness. The Youth Center offers services in an LGBTQ+ safe and affirming environment and serves as an entry point to assist youth making the transition from homelessness to housing. Our services include meals, clothing, support groups, a charter high school, GED and college prep program, an employment preparation, training and placement program, case management, and mental health services. Our housing programs include emergency, transitional, permanent supportive housing, and time-limited subsidies. Our community-based programs include services for youth at-home, in school or in systems of care. Programs and services are driven by principles of housing first, low barrier, trauma-informed, harm reduction, and equity principles.

My Friend's Place

From our drop-in community resource center in Hollywood, My Friend’s Place provides low-barrier, developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed care to young people ages 12- 30 impacted by homelessness and housing instability. My Friend’s Place ensures that young people can access the care, opportunities, and resources that support their trajectory toward wellness, stability, and a permanent exit from homelessness.

Step Up

Step Up delivers compassionate support to people experiencing serious mental health issues, and persons who are experiencing chronic homelessness, to help them recover, stabilize, and integrate into the community. Through dynamic partnerships, we provide positive social and learning environments, vocational training, permanent supportive housing opportunities, and recovery services to empower individuals to cultivate lives of hope and dignity. We exercise innovative leadership and advocacy to increase public understanding, support, and acceptance of all people living with serious mental health issues.

Youth Emerging Stronger

YES, whose mission is to provide runaway, homeless and foster youth with safety and stability, along with the relationships and resources to thrive now and in the future, successfully prevents homeless recidivism among the youth they serve. This capability is due to a well-trained and compassionate staff, an approach that individualizes services to promote attainable goals, and a commitment to serve youth for no fewer than five years. The journey begins in YES’s Residential Program, which spans 1-2 years, and continues in the Staying Strong Program, which provides comprehensive aftercare services for 3-4 years. In the Residential Program, youth between the ages of 12 and 24 begin to heal from their traumas and envision positive futures. In addition to meeting clients’ very basic needs – safety, shelter, nutritional food – YES offers robust mental health services, education, and job development support, and daily opportunities to practice and hone life skills and self-care.

Safe Place for Youth*

Safe Place for Youth prioritizes low barriers for entry, harm-reduction, a trauma-informed approach, and the provision of a safe, supportive environment. We do this through a continuum of care that includes street outreach, access center services, case management, health and wellness, and education and employment programs.

*The HHYP has a partner agency with an aligned philosophy, population, and approach, but serves young people outside of Hollywood.*

Staff

Leanndra Martinez, LCSW (she/her/hers)

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Perla Otto
(they/them)

Program Assistant