Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, on June 30 led the council in a unanimous vote that renews and expands his program to provide assistance to unaccompanied, homeless migrant youth aged 16 through 24.
“Los Angeles is home to the largest concentrations of Central Americans from outside of their respective countries, including many who live in my district,” O’Farrell said. “Since taking office, I’ve traveled to the U.S. border and have observed firsthand the plight of unaccompanied migrant youth who are homeless and in need. I’m pleased to have the unanimous support of my colleagues in moving this vital program forward.”
The council’s vote renews and expands the initial pilot begun in 2020. The program is administered on behalf of the city by the Salvadoran Education and Leadership Fund, which provides dedicated case management services. Los Angeles is a destination for many transitional-aged youth from across the United States and the world, and council’s adoption of this policy ensures that there is a holistic approach focused on saving all youth. To date, the program has been successful in housing and saving many migrant youths from experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.
“SALEF works day and night to give voice, bring justice and provide resources to communities in need,” said Jocelyn Duarte, executive director of SALEF. “Unaccompanied migrant youth are an especially vulnerable population. We are grateful to Councilmember O’Farrell for his leadership and are proud to partner with the city to provide direct assistance to those who need it the most.”
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