We are INCLUSIVE in our programs for youth.
We are AUTHENTIC in our actions and our care.
We believe SAFE and AFFIRMING housing and counseling is a HUMAN RIGHT.
We were devastated to learn in late 2019 the federal funding for our LGBTQ+ transitional housing program was eliminated after a successful five-year run. The tone had changed and many LGBTQ+ initiatives were erased from federal documents and priorities. For us, that meant a loss of $186,000 per year.
BUT WE WERE DETERMINED TO MAINTAIN OUR LGBTQ+ HOUSING PROGRAM.
Youth experiencing homelessness is on the rise, and LGBTQ+ youth make up 40% of the youth homelessness population, despite representing only 5% of the total youth population. Knowing how crucial this program is for our community, we quickly adjusted our expenses and remained committed to the young people living with us so that all of them, especially the 19 who identify as LGBTQ+, would continue to have a safe and affirming place to live.
This reality means we are self-funding 8 of the 38 beds in our program. We need you as a stable funding partner to keep it going! We believe in this program. We believe in our young people. We believe our community will continue to rally behind us to ensure stable, inclusive, safe, and affirming housing continues to exist for LGBTQ+ youth.
Will you help 360 Youth Services continue to provide safe and affirming housing for youth experiencing homelessness?