WeHo to Host 8th Annual Clothing Drive for LA LGBT Center’s Homeless Youth

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The City of West Hollywood is hosting its eighth annual clothing drive to benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Services program this January. They will be accepting items in collection bins in the courtyard at West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard, from Monday, January 13, 2020 through Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Gift card donations are also welcome, preferably in $5 denomination. They can be left with staff members in the City’s Strategic Initiatives Division at City Hall. Please write the dollar value on the gift card.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center supports the essential needs of LGBT young people by connecting them with health, mental health and housing services along with educational, and employment opportunities. The Center is a supportive community and a welcoming safe space for youth to connect. For more information about the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center, please visit www.lalgbtcenter.org/social-service-and-housing/youth.

So clean out your closets in the New Year and lend a helping hand to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in need. The Center is in great need of jackets, coats and ponchos; hoodies; sweats; new packages of socks and underwear; travel-sized, new hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, feminine menstrual products, shaving items, etc.); as well as boxes of snack bars (granola). Dress pants, shirts, suits, belts, ties, and blazers are also appreciated. Clothing of all sizes is needed, from XS – 4XL.

Validated parking for West Hollywood City Hall is available in the automated parking garage behind City Hall, south of Santa Monica Boulevard on Sweetzer Avenue. There is also a loading area available for quick drop-offs for the clothing drive.

The City of West Hollywood’s Homeless Initiative organizes the community’s response to homelessness. An important strategy of the initiative is to empower community members to engage and support solutions to address homelessness; this clothing drive is an easy way for the community to participate. The Homeless Initiative is one part of City of West Hollywood’s deep commitment to providing social services to improve the quality of life for community members in-need. During its 35-year history, the City has provided millions of dollars in grants to fund programs and services for seniors, people with HIV and AIDS, members of the LGBT community, people with disabilities, Russian-speaking immigrants, people who are homeless, food programs, alcohol and drug use recovery programs, and health care services for people who are uninsured.

Learn more about the West Hollywood Homeless Initiative at www.weho.org/homeless. For additional information, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Strategic Initiatives Division at (323) 848-6833.

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