Southern California Program

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Civic and Community
Los Angeles, CA
$250,000
June 2017

Founded in 1969, the Los Angeles LGBT Center (the Center) provides a wide range of programs, services and housing at six different locations for youth and adults, 94% of whom are low income and represent the full diversity of greater Los Angeles.  Over the past decade, the Center has experienced a dramatic increase in demand for its services, growing from 25,000 monthly client visits in 2010 to more than 42,000 today.  This has placed an enormous strain on its infrastructure and programs and limited its capacity to serve some of the most vulnerable youth and seniors.  In response, the Center has embarked on the creation of a new campus and headquarters that will enable it to dramatically increase its services and housing for these two populations, while also facilitating expansion of the medical and mental health services provided by its Federally Qualified Health Center at its current headquarters.  A W. M. Keck Foundation grant will support the capital campaign.  The new 1.67-acre campus located in the heart of Hollywood will provide a 40-bed emergency shelter and 60 beds in the transitional living program for homeless youth, as well as up to 100 affordable housing units for seniors and up to 35 units for youth.  It will also include a Senior Services Center that will serve as many as 5,500 senior clients and senior residents.  A Youth Academy on the campus will focus on empowerment through education, employment, and leadership programs and engage an additional 750 youth.  Meaningful intergenerational programming for seniors and youth living on campus will be developed to combat isolation, build community and offer mentorship opportunities.  Meaningful intergenerational programming for seniors and youth living on campus will be developed to combat isolation, build community and offer mentorship opportunities.  With the expanded space, the health center, which currently treats 4,700 primary care and mental health patients annually, will serve an additional 1,200 of the Center’s clients and the community at large.

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