The desperately needed new space will provide welcome relief and allow Homeboy to provide better services to existing clients, said Thomas Vozzo, Homeboy's chief executive.
In addition to job training and counseling, Homeboy
provides mental health services as well as job placement, tattoo removal and educational services.
"With that steady financial footing we've been on over the last couple of years, it's time to take on a little bit of an expansion," Vozzo
But the expansion doesn't reduce the need for funds - the program receives less than 2% in government funding, Vozzo
More space, for example, doesn't necessarily translate into being able to serve more trainees.
"By getting that one building there, it's not going to allow us to have more people in our program, it's just going to allow us to do a better job of providing them services in a better environment," Vozzo
is planning a grand opening for the new building in April, with the full facility occupied in May.
The goal is to eventually take over a whole city block in Chinatown, where the organization can construct a larger building and provide more services to more people, Vozzo