Miami LGBTQ homeless youth may finally have somewhere safe to go

A comprehensive queer youth homelessness-fighting initiative? Yes please. Citrus will handle the housing. Pridelines and the Alliance for GLBTQ Youth will provide programming and training support. This will cover a huge need in South Florida:

“Our community needs assessment reported that an astonishing 34% of youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or who question their sexual identity have been kicked out of their homes here in Miami-Dade County,” said Carla Silva, executive director of The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth. “Additionally, an LGBTQ youth is likely to be physically or sexually victimized by seven or more people and run away from home almost twice as often as his or her heterosexual counterpart.”

Added Robin Schwartz, executive director of Aqua Foundation for Women, “Currently, there are no comprehensive housing solutions to care for displaced youth that are also equipped to deal with the special circumstances of an LGBTQ youth. This collaboration is going to change that.”

Press release: here.

Miami Herald: Miami-Dade volunteers survey kids on the street.

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