Homeboy Industries, the local non-profit known for its work with former gang members and previously incarcerated persons, is looking to expand its headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles.

The existing facility, a two-story structure located at Alameda and Bruno Streets, houses the organization's administrative offices with space for supportive services and a ground-floor restaurant.  According to a motion introduced yesterday by Councilmember Gil Cedillo, who represents the surrounding area, Homeboy has proposed expanding its operations onto an adjacent city-owned property at 901 N. Main Street.  The 25,000-square-foot site, which is located beneath the elevated tracks of Metro's Gold Line, could be used for additional supportive services or transitional housing.

To further explore the concept, Cedillo has moved that the Department of General Services and the City Administrative Officer examine the feasibility of entering into a long-term ground lease with Homebody for the vacant lot.  Should the property be determined suitable for the proposed expansion, Cedillo has called for the City Attorney and City Administrative Officer to negotiate terms with Homeboy for use of the property at a below market rate.

Homeboy Industries, founded in 1992 by Father Greg Boyle, provides free programs including mental health counseling, legal services, tattoo removal, education courses, work-readiness training, and employment services to ex-gang members and formerly incarcerated men and women.  For more information, visit the organization's website.