Since 1984, Larkin Street Youth Services has given more than 75,000 young people (ages 12-24) a safe place to rebuild their lives. We provide housing, education and employment training, and health and wellness ensuring young people can move from crisis to stability.
COVID-19 has changed how we do things, but we have been quick to respond and ensure our existing shelter and housing programs remain operational without interruption, plus getting dozens of youth off the streets each week and into hotel rooms. We are providing hundreds of extra weekly meals, as well as tens of thousands of dollars of distributed food gift cards. Behavioral health, educational, and employment programs have expanded remote services delivery options.
The impact on the youth we serve has already been severe:Support young people experiencing homelessness grappling with the impacts of COVID-19.
-42% have lost jobs or had their hours dramatically reduced.
-For those who have a safe place to shelter-in-place, the order is creating feelings of isolation, which can exacerbate mental health and substance use issues.
-For those without a safe place to shelter-in-place, service reductions citywide are limiting access to basic needs, including food and hygiene services.