About My Friend’s Place


Our Mission: My Friend’s Place assists and inspires homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. Our History: In 1988, Steve LePore and Craig Scholz initiated a volunteer-led, mobile meal program to distribute sack lunches to the homeless youth in the Hollywood community. Soon the volunteers built trust with the young people and realized that youth are […]

My Friend’s Place Youth

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According to the most recent Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) homeless count, there are nearly 4,000 young homeless people on the streets of Los Angeles every year. This past year, My Friend’s Place served more than 1,400 individual youth through nearly 20,000 visits to our Hollywood facility. MFP’s clients are 66% male and 33% […]


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Each year, more than 400 volunteers participate in providing life-changing services to homeless youth in Los Angeles at My Friend’s Place. Volunteer opportunities are available Monday through Friday for groups and individuals. We would love to have you join our family! How do I Volunteer at MFP? We are thrilled to have you join our […]


My Friend’s Place 2015 Impact Report

See how your support helped our young people move toward their brighter futures in 2015.

My Friend’s Place Celebrates It’s 28th Birthday

A special thank you on behalf of the thousands of young people who have crossed our paths over the years.

SAG-AFTRA Delegates Support Homeless Youth At My Friend’s Place

Taking collections throughout the convention, delegates collected hundreds of unused hotel amenities.

KPCC’s “Off-Ramp” Visits My Friend’s Place

Listen in as KPCC’s John Rabe tours My Friend’s Place with Executive Director Heather Carmichael.

My Friend’s Place and USC Partner to Prevent the Spread of HIV

USC researchers have teamed up with My Friend’s Place to address a public-health problem using an unlikely method: mathematics.

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Our Programs

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    Health & Well Being

    The Health & Well Being Program provides youth with clinically and culturally appropriate medical, health, and mental health services. This program includes health education workshops to teach creative and realistic strategies addressing the most common health threats among homeless youth: • Partner violence • Substance Abuse • Mental Health Issues • Sexual Health Issues Our […]

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    Transformative Education

    The Transformative Education Program is a vital part of My Friend’s Place continuum of care. Through its focus on creative and life skills programming we: 1) equip youth with marketable skills, 2) encourage positive behaviors, 3) teach youth how to connect with resources that improve their self-sufficiency, and 4) create an alternative way for staff […]

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    Safe Haven

    The Safe Haven Program provides daytime shelter as well as basic needs services such as meals, showers, clothing, hygiene supplies, transportation, and communication tools. These emergency necessities alleviate the demands of survival that often distract youth from engaging in educational or health-related activities. Informational materials and field trips link youth to free and specialized neighborhood […]