Hundreds of young people live on the streets of Hollywood -- without jobs, without housing, often without enough food to eat. Many turn to
My Friend's Place, a privately funded center that provides them with what food it can afford as well as clothes, hot showers, clean underwear, toilet paper and toiletries.
For my latest City Beat, I headed to the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard where My Friend's Place sits perched over the 101 Freeway.
All day long every day, young people congregate there. I spoke to them about their lives.
Read my story
Here's what I sent out on Twitter from the scene:
View the story "Young and homeless on Hollywood Boulevard" on Storify] Young and homeless on Hollywood Boulevard So many homeless young people live on the streets of Hollywood. Living on Hollywood Boulevard is not glamorous. They get help from My Friend's Place, which offers them food, clothing, showers, toiletries, toilet paper -- and assistance when they're ready to change their lives.
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For my next City Beat, I head to Hollywood Boulevard to talk to young people living on the street.LA Times City Beat
Come along with me to meet Hollywood's homeless young people -- and give thanks for those who help them.LA Times City Beat
My Friend's Place is on Hollywood Boulevard, perched over a freeway exit. It is a lifeline for many: http://pic.twitter.com/ueVaU0XTLA Times City Beat
Inside, homeless young people get food, clothes & showers. They also get help to move off the streets: http://pic.twitter.com/iEERmWh9LA Times City Beat
On this stretch of boulevard, you'll find many young people sticking close to My Friend's Place: http://pic.twitter.com/04R7GL96LA Times City Beat
At a nearby bus stop, this 22-year-old, nicknamed Lone Ranger, readies to "fly a sign" on an offramp: http://pic.twitter.com/PNmgW80YLA Times City Beat
These are the things he carries with him-- clothes from My Friend's Place, a sleeping bag he found: http://pic.twitter.com/sQrRfGdTLA Times City Beat
On his right hand, a key ring and a skateboard bearing -- given to him by a brother he misses: http://pic.twitter.com/97SGSOK1LA Times City Beat
Rancid, nicknamed for the band, says she ran away from her Hollywood Hills home when she was 9: http://pic.twitter.com/ZcYJ9j8TLA Times City Beat
MJ and Sam came here from Pennsylvania. She is 41/2 months pregnant, with her fifth child. She's 26: http://pic.twitter.com/Ap2ja1n7LA Times City Beat
Sam and Rancid wear lots of bracelets. They swap them. Each has a story: http://pic.twitter.com/Oa8aG7MiLA Times City Beat
In prison for 5 months for stealing a car, MJ had Sam's name tattooed on his fingers: http://pic.twitter.com/IJH5UfjOLA Times City Beat
Sam and MJ's kids are being raised by others. They had 2 together. A foster family sends photos: http://pic.twitter.com/CIukB33mLA Times City Beat
Sam and MJ say they want to get off the streets and raise the next baby, due in April: http://pic.twitter.com/vjpvQuKOLA Times City Beat
They are grateful for the help of My Friend's Place -- and strangers. One have them this food: http://pic.twitter.com/ywMABOSxLA Times City Beat
My Friend's Place is privately funded. Go to http://myfriendsplace.org to help: http://pic.twitter.com/oGMQIrPuLA Times City Beat
Do read my latest City Beat -- in the Thanksgiving Day paper -- on Hollywood's homeless young people: http://lat.ms/Y580QMLA Times City Beat
-- Nita Lelyveld
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