Volunteers of America Los Angeles’ contract to run the Hollywood FamilySource Center was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council on Dec. 11.
Councilman Mitch O’Farrell 13th District, who represents the area that the Hollywood FamilySource Center serves, referred a motion to the Economic Development Committee in November to negotiate and execute a contract with VOALA.
The approved contract runs through June 30, 2020, and provides VOALA with $464,000 to operate the center. Additionally, a one-year renewal option will be reviewed by the city attorney and checked for compliance with contracting requirements.
“VOALA is an established agency in Los Angeles and has extensive experience in providing services to vulnerable populations,” O’Farrell spokesman Tony Arranaga said. “They also have experience in managing government contracts with complex funding requirements.”
VOALA is a nonprofit human services organization that provides caregiver services and programs. Through funding for the center provided by Community Services Block Grants, VOALA will continue the services the FamilySource Center provided prior to its closing in early November. These services include financial literacy programs, afterschool tutoring and English as a Second Language programs.
The center’s former operator, the Youth Policy Initiative, notified the city on Nov. 5 that it would close immediately and cease all programming. YPI was forced to close and file for bankruptcy after its chief executive allegedly used $1.7 million of the nonprofit’s funds for personal expenses.
Following YPI’s closing, the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department issued a request for interest outlining the required scope of services and expectations for potential new FamilySource Center operators. VOALA was ultimately selected to assume operations at the center.
“FamilySource Centers provide critical assistance to Angelenos,” Mayor Eric Garcetti spokeswoman Andrea Garcia said. “We look forward to supporting Volunteers of America in their work to build on the success of the Hollywood FamilySource Center and continue helping families with the highest needs.”
The Hollywood FamilySource Center, located at 1075 N. Western Ave. #110, is expected to begin services on Jan. 1, and will serve a minimum of 2,500 residents annually.