A Los Angeles County commitment to place at least 100 youths in safe and stable housing in 100 days just concluded and far exceeded its goal, with 257 young people now with a roof over their heads.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority made the announcement Thursday and said the commitment was part of the 100-Day Challenge, launched by A Way Home America, a national initiative to end homelessness among young people.

Austin, Texas, Cleveland and Los Angeles County were the three communities selected by the organization to participate in the challenge.

“Thanks to the incredible efforts of our partner agencies and own staff, many formerly homeless youth will spend the holidays off the street and in their own homes,” said Peter Lynn, executive director of LAHSA. “L.A.’s success meeting the challenge demonstrates the effectiveness of our work to house youth experiencing homelessness, and our ability to use resources invested.”

Raji Shivshanker of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services said more needs to be done to help homeless youth despite the county exceeding the 100-day goal.

“We need adequate funding for housing navigation, outreach and retention services, as well as probably the most important, more housing resources,” Shivshanker said.

–City News Service

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