Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted to renew a pilot program to provide case management and housing navigation services to unaccompanied and homeless immigrants aged 16 to 24.
“Los Angeles is home to the largest concentrations of Central Americans outside of their respective countries, many of whom live in my district,” said City Councilor Mitch O’Farrell, who introduced the motion.
“Since taking office, I have been to the US border and have observed firsthand the plight of unaccompanied young migrants who are homeless and in need,” he said. “I am pleased to have the unanimous support of my colleagues to move this vital agenda forward.”
The city’s pilot program for unaccompanied minors, which began in 2020 and is administered by the Salvadoran Education and Leadership Fund, aims to prevent transitional youth from becoming homeless upon arrival in Los Angeles from Central America.
The motion notes that 90% of unaccompanied minors who arrive have people, including family or close friends, with whom they can connect.
Los Angeles City Council has voted to execute a new 12-month, $ 100,000 contract with SALEF. The council also voted for the Chief Legislative Analyst and other city departments to report on the status of the current contract and the feasibility of incorporating a similar contract into the new immigrant services program developed by the Los Angeles Justice Fund to provide legal assistance. to undocumented immigrants.
“Young unaccompanied migrants are a particularly vulnerable population. We are grateful to board member O’Farrell for his leadership and are proud to partner with the city to provide direct assistance to those who need it most, ”said SALEF Executive Director Jocelyn Duarte, who has said the association “works day and night to give voice, deliver justice and provide resources to communities in need.”