By Susan Abram

May 21, 2017

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For as long as people who lived in the neighborhood could remember, the

bottom floor of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health's

headquarters was surrounded by a chain-link fence, closed off from their



Then a few months ago, something changed. The fence was pushed away. The

space inside cleaned, painted and furnished. On May 1, the doors at Vermont

Avenue and Sixth Street opened to the county's first peer-resource center

for people who need help finding peace of mind from those who understand

them best.