LGBTQ youth are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than their peers.
When LGBTQ youth come out of the closet, 1 in 4 face rejection from their family due to religious beliefs. Many run away or are thrown out of their homes, and rather than endure the homophobic violence that’s rampant in shelters, these young people take their chances on the street. And their chances aren’t good. Of the 1,700 homeless LGBTQ youth we serve, 90% have suffered at least one traumatic experience. Many develop substance use disorders or become depressed. Some are suicidal.
At our 24-hour drop-in center, LGBTQ youth can access food, showers, clothing, medical care, mental health services, and more—all in a welcoming and inclusive environment.
Our six emergency housing sites offer LGBTQ youth stability and support for up to 6 months while they prepare for a more independent living solution.
Youth receive on-site primary care and psychiatric services, HIV and HEP C testing, contraception, and insurance enrollment. Street outreach programs deliver supplies and provide program referrals to keep homeless LGBTQ youth healthy.
LGBTQ youth can stay in one of our shared apartments for up to two years while they work, attend a job and educational programs, and prepare to live on their own.
Trans youth can receive hormone replacement therapy, and they have their practical and emotional needs met in a safe and affirming living environment.