LGBT persons often have great difficulty finding shelters that accept and respect them. Transgender people are often forced to classify themselves as a gender with which they do not identify. These individuals are particularly at physical risk in shelters. This risk comes from a lack of acceptance. Ex. Transgender women (born with male genitalia but identify and live as women) forced to take shelter with heterosexual men are frequently subjected to verbal, physical, and sexual abuse. Transgender individuals are often turned away from shelters and in some cases signs have been posted barring their entrance.
- 20% of homeless youth are LGBT. In comparison, the general youth population is only 10% LGBT.
- While homeless youth typically experience severe family conflict as the primary reason for their homelessness, LGBT youth are twice as likely to experience sexual abuse before the age of 12.
- LGBT youth, once homeless, are at higher risk for victimization, mental health problems, and unsafe sexual practices. 58.7% of LGBT homeless youth have been sexually victimized compared to 33.4% of heterosexual homeless youth
- LGBT youth are roughly 7.4 times more likely to experience acts of sexual violence than heterosexual homeless youth
- LGBT homeless youth commit suicide at higher rates (62%) than heterosexual homeless youth (29%)
HUNTSVILLE HOST HOME PROGRAM
The Huntsville Host Home Program (HHHP) of GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services, Inc. The program and the people behind it share a deep commitment to our communities, our youth and social change — not just through the sharing of resources, but through a transformative and intimate process of sharing our homes and our lives.
Phone: (907) 272-1255
Through our programs, services and staff, we provide the food, shelter and care homeless youth desperately need right now, as well as the support and life skills they need to put their lives on the right track down the road.
Phone: 520-624-1779 ext. 115
The Homeless Youth Project offers advocacy, information, a support group, access to shelters and basic services to LGBTQ youth.
TUMBLEWEED – GREEN HOUSE PROJECT
Phone: (602) 271-9904
Hotline: (866) 723-3703
To serve abused, abandoned, troubled, and neglected youth in the community
HOMELESS YOUTH PROJECT (HYP)
We offer support and crisis intervention to homeless and near-homeless LGBTQ and straight-allied youth, including street outreach, referrals to social service agencies, and advocacy. Food, bus passes, clothing and hygiene supplies are also available Monday through Friday to youth through this resource.
Lucie’s Place is a shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth, aged 18-25 that will (hopefully) open in early 2012
SUNBURST YOUTH HOUSING CENTER
Phone: 619.255.7854 x102
Providing safe and supportive housing for San Diego’s homeless youth, including LBGT and HIV-positive youth.
JEFF GRIFFITH YOUTH CENTER
Offering homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning young people a variety of services including meals, hot showers, help earning your GED (high school equivalency diploma), aid looking for a job, getting tested for HIV or other STDs, workshops and so much more.
HOMELESS YOUTH ALLIANCE
Meeting homeless youth where they’re all, and helping them lead healthier lives.
LARKIN STREET YOUTH SERVICES
With 25 comprehensive youth service programs located throughout San Francisco in over 13 sites, Larkin Street Youth Services is now an internationally recognized model successfully integrating street outreach and emergency shelter, primary medical care, transitional housing, and job training and scholarship assistance to get homeless and at risk kids off the streets.
THE ARK OF REFUGE
The Ark of Refuge runs a 15 person transitional living facility specifically targeting LGBTQ young adults in San Francisco.
TWO-SPIRIT SOCIETY OF DENVER
A dedicated group of GBLT Native Americans and their partners in the Denver area who are united by their struggle to restore Two Spirited people to their rightful place in the sacred circle.
URBAN PEAK COLORADO SPRINGS
Services for homeless and runaway youth
Rainbow Alley is a drop-in center designed to support GLBT youth and their allies ages 12-21. Our facility is a warm and welcoming environment, complete with supportive adults and youth. The Alley provides health services, counseling and referral, youth-lead events and activities, and life resources in a safe and supportive space.
THE CONNECTICUT COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS
Phone: (860) 721-7876
The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, in partnership with communities throughout the state, creates change through leadership, community organizing, advocacy, research, and education. Our mission is to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut.
MINISTRY OF CARING
Provides a network of social, health and support services for the poor, including the homeless and working poor, in greater Wilmington.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
WANDA ALSTON HOUSE
The first and only housing program in Washington D.C. that is solely dedicated to offering pre-independent living and support services to homeless or at risk GLBTQ youth ages 16-24 in all 8 wards of the District of Columbia.
SEXUAL MINORITY YOUTH ASSISTANCE LEAGUE (SMYAL)
Phone: 202-546-5940 ext.104
SMYAL is a center for LGBTQI youth that has a comprehensive list of housing options for youth and can refer to youth to the LGBT friendly housing.
ALSO OUT YOUTH (SARASOTA)
ALSO Out Youth provides peer support services, social activities, educational programs and workshops, advocacy, and referrals for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning youth ages 13 to 21, their families and friends, and the community, thereby enhancing self-esteem, promoting healthy dialogue, and increasing awareness of sexual minority youth issues.
CHRIS KIDS RAINBOW PROJECT (ATLANTA)
The CHRIS Kids Rainbow Program provides a safe and supportive residence for homeless and runaway gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Rainbow is a transitional living life skills program for homeless and runaway sexual minority youth that provides both services and referrals. Life and job skills training are provided as youth become connected with a variety of community resources such as counseling, medical and legal services and volunteer opportunities.
Mission: Providing vital humanitarian and social services to Savannah’s homeless and special needs communities. Our care programs address shelter, long and short-term housing, healthcare, behavioral counseling, substance abuse, job and lifeskills training and employment assistance.
THE RAINBOW PROGRAM
The CHRIS Rainbow Program provides a safe and supportive residence for homeless LGBTQ youth.
HALE KIPA, INC
Services for Hawaii’s homeless youth
Hale Kipa provides opportunities and environments that strengthen and encourage youth, their families and communities to actualize their potential and social responsibility.
THE COMMUNITY CENTER, INC.
The Community Center’s mission is to provide an inviting and safe facility for the use of all LGBT and allied community organizations and individuals.
An independent living program for homeless LGBTQ youth! El Rescate will provide culturally appropriate, identity-affirming housing for eight youth. The program will also provide residents with prevention case management, mental health counseling and independent living skills training.
BROADWAY YOUTH CENTER
Phone: (773) 935-3151
We offer a safe space for young people, especially those experiencing homelessness, ages 24 and under. Stop by to hang out with your friends, listen to music, use our computers, make phone calls, pick up some safer sex supplies, shower, participate in a workshop, or get something to eat AND MUCH MORE. Website includes full list of programs and opportunities.
THE NATIONAL RUNAWAY SWITCHBOARD
The National Runaway Switchboard operates 1-800-RUNAWAY, a confidential and anonymous crisis hotline for runaway and homeless youth available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Services include crisis intervention, referrals to local resources (i.e. alternative housing, basic center/shelter services, counseling, alcohol/drug treatment, and child protective services), and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members. Through a partnership with Greyhound Lines, Inc., NRS runs the Home Free program, a youth-initiated program family reunification that provides a free bus ticket home.
OPEN DOOR YOUTH CENTER (BLOOMINGTON)
The Open Door Youth Center is a safe place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth age 13 – 19 and their supportive friends. We are open every Friday night from 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
TEEN LIVING PROGRAMS
Phone: 773-548-4443, ext. 28
Teen Living Programs’ mission is to create hope and opportunity for youth who are homeless by assisting them to permanently leave the streets, secure stable housing, and build self-sufficient, satisfying lives. We offer housing, job training, educational support, mental health counseling, holistic health care, and life skills training to youth ages 12 to 24 within a community of professional and passionate support. About half of the youth we serve identify as LGBTQ.
INDIANA YOUTH GROUP (INDIANAPOLIS)
Phone: 317-541-8726 ext. 224
IYG provides a safe place, a confidential environment, youth development programs and support services which foster personal strength and wellness among self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. IYG advocates on their behalf in schools, on the streets, and in the community.
IOWA HOMELESS YOUTH CENTERS (DES MOINES)
Emergency Contact: 515-249-1443
The Iowa Homeless Youth Centers works to eliminate homelessness among children, youth, and young mothers in Polk County. We believe, with support and assistance, homeless individuals and families can live independently and attain self-sufficiency.
UNITED ACTION FOR YOUTH (GLBTQ&A YOUTH GROUP) (IOWA CITY)
The GLBTQ&A Youth Group is a free, informal, drop-in social and support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning and allied youth ages 12-18.The mission of UAY is to assist youth and families in helping themselves to a healthy future. We do this by offering youth development, counseling and prevention programs that make use of young people’s talents, creativity and energies.
Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Kansas City
The mission of LGCCKC is to create, support and provide vital and timely resources and services for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight-Allied communities of greater Kansas City.
THE RUTH’S HOUSE
The Ruth’s House has two residential programs, serving LGBTQ youth in need of safe and supportive living conditions. The transitional living program serves young adults 16 to 21; Young people ages 12 to 17 are served through a semi-independent living program.
Covenant House New Orleans continues to be the only provider in New Orleans of services to homeless and at-risk youth in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. On any given night, we shelter an average of 75 homeless kids in our 70-bed Crisis Center and two transitional living residences. Since opening in 1984, we have touched the lives of more than 17,000 youth, providing them with food, shelter, clothing, medical attention, individual and family counseling, substance abuse management, educational assistance, vocational and job training, living skills, and so much more. Covenant House New Orleans offers a comprehensive array of educational, job training, and employment programs to bear at this crucial juncture between a dismal past and a promising future for our kids. Our young people return to high school or attain their GED’s and are guided by certified teachers and volunteer educators who serve as tutors and instructors. Our on-staff psychologist conducts individual and group counseling for anyone in need, including kids referred from our outreach program, and anyone in the community who has been affected by disaster. Permanent Supportive Housing allows young people with disabilities to have a safe and secure place to live, so that they can focus on the other challenges they face with the assistance of case management. The Permanent Supportive Housing Program is designed to help single young people as well as young people with children. The disorders range from Schizophrenia to Developmental Disabilities.
For over 15 years the Drop-In Center has filled a void in New Orleans by providing both medical and social services for runaway and homeless youth. The overall mission of the Drop-In Center is to improve the health and quality of life of homeless youths, between the ages of 14 to 23 years, by providing for and broadening the comprehensive network of primary healthcare and substance abuse, mental health, case management and outreach services. Since its establishment in 1991, the Drop-In Center has provided primary and preventative healthcare to homeless, transient and at-risk youth. In 2002, the Drop-In Center officially expanded to include a Supportive Services component comprised of a day center, outreach services and a peer education program. Most recently in 2005, the mental health program was added to include the services of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychiatrist.
SHALOM HOUSE INC.
Phone (207) 874-1080
Shalom House helps hundreds of people with serious mental illness each year by providing an array of community-based mental health services and a choice of affordable quality housing where people can escape the stress of homelessness, hunger, and isolation. Our goal is to help people address personal goals, receive services, take medication, and once again become a vital part of the community.
Fellowship of Lights: Runaway and Homeless Youth
Phone: (410) 285-7496
Fellowship of Lights provides emergency housing and supportive assistance for foster care involved and homeless and runaway youth, ages 12-17 in two shelter facilities, and operates after school programs for elementary and middle school aged children and youth in Baltimore City.
Waltham House is a residential home that can house up to twelve LGBTQ youth ages 14-18.
JUSTICE RESOURCE INITIATIVE-HEALTH
JRI-Health offers programs addressing the needs of persons at risk of or living with HIV/AIDS, for homeless, troubled, and GLBT youth, and for persons with a broad range of disabilities requiring supported housing.
YOUTH ON FIRE
A drop-in center that provides a safe space for homeless and street-involved youth. The center also provides information on HIV, Hepatitis C and other diseases, as well as meals, showers and medical care.
RUTH ELLIS CENTER (HIGHLAND PARK)
The Ruth Ellis Center provides short-term and long-term residential safe space and support service for runaway, homeless, and at-risk gay, lesbian, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning youth in Detroit and Southeast Michigan.
OZONE HOUSE (ANN ARBOR)
Ozone House is the only agency in Washtenaw County providing free, confidential and voluntary help for teens in crisis, and their families. Specifically, we offer shelter and an array of supportive services to runaway, homeless, and at risk youth. Since opening in 1969, we have helped thousands of young people build the confidence, skills, and emotional strength needed to make a safe and healthy transition to adulthood.
YOUTHLINK: PROJECT OFFSTREETS DROP IN CENTER (MINNEAPOLIS)
Project OffStreets offers support and services designed to stabilize and help youth leave street life. The Project OffStreets drop-in center is the hub of Project OffStreets programming. The drop in center offers a safe, non-exploitive environment where vulnerable and exploited youth can get a meal, take a shower, wash some clothes, and utilize onsite locker storage. Youth who visit the drop-in center can also sign up for case management services.
YOUTHLINK: YOUTH HOUSING MINNEAPOLIS)
YouthLink provides transitional housing and housing placement services for youth ready and eligible for such living experiences. Transitional living programs are hosted at two facilities: Archdale Apartments and St. Barnabas Apartments. YouthLink also provides housing placement through scattered site apartments for youth who are diagnosed with HIV and/or serious mental health illness or chemical dependency problems.
YouthLink’s transitional housing programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of homeless or precariously housed youth. Programs provide safe, affordable housing linked with case management services and skills building opportunities for young people who don’t have the personal resources for independent living. To be eligible for the program youth must be age 16 – 21 at intake, with continued eligibility for services through age 24 while in residency.
DISTRICT 202 (MINNEAPOLIS)
District 202 is a nonprofit youth community center committed to providing social, cultural and educational opportunities by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) youth and their friends.
Through a collaborative process with adult and youth staff, this strong community of queer and allied youth (21 and younger), determine the activities of District 202. In the process they define themselves, create community, expand their understanding of the world, learn they are empowered to speak to their own experience, and they have fun.
AVENUES FOR HOMELESS YOUTH
Avenues for Homeless Youth provides emergency shelter, short-term housing and supportive services for homeless youth in a safe and nurturing environment. Through such service, Avenues seeks to help youth achieve their personal goals and make a positive transition into young adulthood.
THE BRIDGE FOR YOUTH
Safe shelter for youth, family and individual counseling, transitional living resources. Also provides the “So What If I Am” support group for GLBTQ youth.
24-hour crisis counseling by telephone, 365 days a year, throughout Minnesota.
612.379.6363 toll free: 866.379.6363
FACE TO FACE
Face to Face is a non-profit organization dedicated to the needs of youth ages 11–23, offering health care, counseling, and programs for homeless youth.
HATTIESBURG SAFE PLACE
National Safe Place Center for Hattiesburg, Mississippi
VICKSBURG SAFE PLACE
National Safe Place Center for Warren County, Mississippi
WEST POINT SAFE PLACE
National Safe Place Center for West Point, Mississippi
The Homeless Youth Program consists of a transitional living program (for youth ages 16-21) and teen emergency shelter (for youth ages 16-18) who are homeless, or at risk for homelessness, due to unfavorable or abusive situations occurring in their current environment.
OZARKS FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
An emergency crisis shelter for homeless youth up to age 18.
SYNERGY SERVICES: EMERGENCY SHELTER
Emergency Hotline: 816-741-8700
Toll Free: 888-233-1639
Synergy House is a short-term emergency shelter that serves young people ages 12-18 who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, running away, abandonment and homelessness. Placement and intervention services are also offered to families in crisis.
WESTERN MONTANA COMMUNITY CENTER
Youth Forward is a safe and confidential gathering of LGBTQ youth ages 13-19.
Montana Gender Alliance
Montana Gender Alliance meets in Missoula, Helena, and soon in Bozeman! Montana Gender Alliance is a collective network of individuals of gender diversity, their families, and their allies. We provide a safe space for support and discussion of topics in which often surround the gender diverse spectrum. We provide support in a wide variety of ways; through discussion, through collective events and through direct support.
RAINBOW OUTREACH METRO OMAHA GLBT CENTER, GLBT CENTER YOUTH PROGRAM
The Center Youth program is a safe and supportive place for LGBTQ and allied youth ages 13-23 to make friends.
24 Hour Hotline: (702) 809-3585
A volunteer based, non-profit organization dedicated to assisting homeless, abandoned, and at risk youth, ages 12-21, in the Las Vegas Valley providing food, clothing, shelter, as well as many other services.
NEVADA PARTNERSHIP FOR HOMELESS YOUTH
Phone: (702) 383-1332
We are the only youth service provider in Nevada with a continuum of care extending from street outreach and 24-hour crisis intervention services to a full-time drop-in center and an independent living program. The drop-in center has a kitchen, shower, fully-stocked food pantry, clothing closet (with new clothes) , full-size laundry room, spiritual and meditation room, Zen fountain garden, outdoor BBQ & Gazebo, big-screen, cable TV with Wii and Playstation 3, fully-stocked hygiene kit pantry, school supply closet, MAC computers (with color printers) , all denominational religion library, life skills & board training room, and personal business station for youth. Must be under the age of nineteen. All services are free and confidential, no parental consent needed.
THE NEW HAMPSHIRE COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS
Searchable site for housing, food, medical, education, income and legal support.
TRANSGENDER NEW HAMPSHIRE (TG-NH)
TransGender New Hampshire (TG-NH) is an organization created to promote transgender visibility, education, support and civil rights in the state of New Hampshire. TG-NH provides resources, community building, educational programs and advocacy to assist transgender NH residents, as well as significant others, friends, families, allies and helping professionals. Our primary goal at TG-NH is to foster acceptance for trans-identified people and to help celebrate the diversity of all gender expressions.
Phone: 603-537-7004 (voice-mail)
Manchester Outright is a social and support group for LGBT youth in the Manchester area.
A social and support group for LGBT youth in the Concord area.
Help/Crisis number: 609.396.8329
Services for runaway, homeless, abused, and at-risk youths and their families from infancy to 21 years old
CROSSROADS PROGRAMS, INC
Project DISCOVERY provides specialized foster homes for LGBTQ youth, aged 12-21, who are not able to live at home but who are capable of functioning in a home environment with extra support.
YOUTH SHELTERS AND FAMILY SERVICES
Youth Shelters and Family Services is an established, local, community-based organization providing multiple services for high-risk and homeless teens. La Otra Puerta Emergency Shelter is a 24 hour emergency shelter offering a fell range of services to runaway homeless and at-risk youth ages 10 to 17. It is the only youth shelter in Northern New Mexico. Casa Libertad Transitional Living Program provides supervised apartment living and educational support services for homeless adolescents and parenting teens, ages 16 to 21. An intensive curriculum in independent living skills is part of the program. The program assists homeless adolescents in becoming independent and productive citizens. First Contact Street Outreach provides anonymous, free services to homeless and at-risk youth up to age 22.
THE ALI FORNEY CENTER (AFC) HEADQUARTERS
The Ali Forney Center offers a Day Center, Emergency Housing Program and Transitional Housing for LGBTQ youth.
GREEN CHIMNEYS CHILDREN’S SERVICES, INC
The Gramercy Residence houses 25 LGBTQ teenagers in foster care aged 16-21. It provides a Supervised Independent Living Program, the agency operated boarding home for LGBTQ youth 12-16; a Transitional Living Apartment Program for youth 17-21 and a Basic Center that provides emergency shelter and referrals for homeless and runaway youth 14-21.
Phone: 212-674-2400 ext. 247
The Supportive Services Department of the Hetrick- Martin Institute provides services for homeless and at- risk LGBTQ youth.
THE DOOR (MANHATTAN)
The Door’s mission is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. Each year over 8,000 young people, most referred by their peers, come to The Door for primary health care, prenatal care and health education, mental health counseling, legal services, GED, ESL, tutoring and homework help, college preparation and computer classes, career development services and training, job placement, daily meals, arts, sports and recreational activities.
The only criterion for Door membership is age (12-21). Of the 8,000 current members, the majority are between 17 and 20 years of age, with the average being 18. Most are African-American or Hispanic; a growing number are immigrants from China. During the school year The Door is also open Saturdays from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.
MCCNY HOMELESS YOUTH SERVICES
Open 365 days a year, MCCNY Homeless Youth Services has helps thousands of LGBTQI runaway and homeless youth aged 18-24 to continue their work towards stability by providing them with crisis shelter, case management, social work, psychiatric, health care and job training services. The MCCNY Homeless Youth Services Mental Health Services Program is a critical resource for LGBTQI runaway and homeless youth who have experienced trauma or mental illness.
LGBT-friendly services for runaway and homeless youth, including food, clothing, and drop-in centers in Harlem and on the Lower East Side
HEALTH AND EDUCATION ALTERNATIVES FOR TEENS (BROOKLYN)
The Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) Program provides comprehensive medical care program for HIV+ and at-risk youth aged 13 to 24. HEAT provides age-appropriate and culturally competent care for heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender minority youth. These services are provided at the Center for Health Services at Bedford Stuyvesant, a satellite clinic of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. HEAT provides comprehensive medical, case management, HIV counseling and testing (C/T), mental health, treatment adherence, STD diagnosis and treatment, gynecological services, pregnancy testing and family planning, outreach, transition services, hormone and transgender youth services, support services and access to research to high-risk and HIV-infected youth.
PRIDE FOR YOUTH
Pride for Youth is a service and an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Our mission is to enhance the health, wellness and cultural competency of LGBT young people through supportive services, education and youth development. We believe that LGBT young people are courageous, bright, creative and exceptional youth that enhance our communities. Formidable barriers such as homophobia, stigma, lack of understanding and institutionalized bias prevent some of them from achieving their potential. Pride for Youth offers a matrix of opportunities and supports that assist LGBT youth with their healthy development, break through obstacles to their success, and create a more responsive community in which they can grow. We offer many services for LGBT youth ages 13-24 including both individual and family counseling, support groups, a Friday night drop-in center, HIV/STI testing and community education. All services are free, confidential and anonymous.
Wrenn House is the only homeless/runaway crisis intervention program and shelter for youth in the Triangle. It partners with the LGBT Center of Raleigh to provide services for LGBTQ youth.
Youthworks (Bismarck-Mandan Area)
Phone: 701-255-6909 (24-hour Crisis Line)
1 877 837 1801 (toll-free)
Youthworks is a resource for homeless youth in North Dakota. The Bismarck location has a peer mediation program, a cultural achievement program, and a Turnabout program for those at risk. They also provide services to runaway and homeless youth including individual, family counseling and mediation; group counseling; attendant care; juvenile diversion; transitional housing; support groups; emergency food, clothing and shelter; advocacy; crisis intervention and emancipation preparation.
YOUTHWORKS (Fargo-Moorhead Area)
Phone: 701 232 8558 (for 24-hour Crisis Line, press 2 during message)
1 877 897 1213 (toll-free)
Youthworks is a resource for homeless youth in North Dakota, with drop in-hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They also provide services to runaway and homeless youth including individual, family counseling and mediation; group counseling; attendant care; juvenile diversion; transitional housing; support groups; emergency food, clothing and shelter; advocacy; crisis intervention and emancipation preparation.
Phone: (614) 294-8097 Ext. 442
The Transitional Living Program helps homeless teens learn how to live safely and successfully in the community. Youth are assigned a Community Support Provider, Independent Living Mentor, and Counselor who assist youth to reach their goals. The Transitional Living Team teaches independent living skills while providing mental health support and secure living arrangements.
KALEIDOSCOPE YOUTH CENTER(Columbus)
Kaleidoscope Youth Center provides a drop-in center, counseling, homework help, and various recreational & educational opportunities.
YOUTH SERVICES FOR OKLAHOMA COUNTY, INC.
Phone: (405) 235-7537
Established in 1972 by a group of visionary leaders, YSOC continues to positively impact the lives of thousands of children and families in Oklahoma County each year. YSOC provides professional counseling and a variety of innovative behavioral and educational services to meet the specific needs of troubled young people. Our services are designed to foster self-esteem and resiliency, to preserve and enrich family life and to instill a sense of community in a child, family and the community-at-large.
Positive Tomorrows is a nonprofit, private school which provides free education to homeless children and support services to their families.
Medical clinic: 503-535-3890
Outside In provides housing, education, employment, counseling, medical care, food, recreation and a safe space. Outside In is a national leader in serving LGBTQ youth.
THE HARVARD SQUARE HOMELESS SHELTER
Erin Weaver at Villanova, email@example.com
Brianna Fram at UPenn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Cho at Swarthmore, email@example.com
Thanh Tran at Temple, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Sena, our advisor, at email@example.com
The Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia is inspired by and based off of the model for Harvard’s Student-Run Shelter, which has been successfully operating for 28 years. Harvard’s directors are helping us to navigate the process and understand how to deal with the challenges of running a homeless shelter (or three!). Our housing unit will stay open for the winter 2011-2012 season. We offer a warm and welcoming stay complete with computer access, a sense of community, and resources to get people back on their feet. The intensive volunteer training process included a trip to Harvard over spring break so that the directors of Philadelphia’s emergency housing unit could work closely with Harvard’s directors. Volunteers also attend a variety of training workshops during which they learn CPR, conflict management, crisis intervention, and LGBT sensitivity.
ATTIC YOUTH CENTER
The Attic creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society.
Foyer of Philadelphia’s mission is to facilitate LGBTQ young adults transition from foster care and/or homelessness to self-sufficiency and independence. The agency provides LGBTQ young adults with educational opportunities, employment resources, and housing stability. The comprehensive services available through “Foyer” benefit participants by enriching their skills and developing their self-awareness as they mature into adulthood.
THE BRIDGE YOUTH SERVICES
The Bridge’s Gabriel Shelter: The Gabriel Shelter is a 12 bed temporary stay residential facility for youth ages 12 to 18. The shelter provides a safe and stable environment with supportive services while a plan can be developed regarding the future living arrangements of the youth.
THE VALLEY YOUTH HOUSE
The mission of Valley Youth House is to provide prevention and intervention services, counseling, life skills and behavioral health services to abused, neglected, and homeless youth and their families. Valley Youth House programs foster positive growth enabling at risk youth and their families to become healthy, productive, responsible members of the community.
THE LEHIGH VALLEY YOUTH HOUSE
The Lehigh Valley Youth House is a twelve-bed facility for runaway, throwaway, homeless, troubled, abused, and neglected boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 17. Youth may enter the Shelter and receive counseling and other Shelter services at any time during the day or night. While protecting children from the dangers of the street, counselors attempt to resolve the crisis that precipitated the runaway incident and obtain long term living situations for youth.
THE VALLEY YOUTH HOUSE SHELTER – BUCKS COUNTY
Valley Youth House Shelter – Bucks County was opened in Warminster, Bucks County in March of 2002 to serve Bucks County youth, aged 6-18, referred through Bucks County Children and Youth Services. The Shelter also serves runaway and homeless youth ages 12-17. The 12-bed shelter provides the unique capacity to serve child and adolescent sibling groups while working toward family reunification or longer term residential care. Youth travel to their home schools or attend an in house educational program.
BURROWES STREET YOUTH HAVEN (State College)
The Burrowes Street Youth Haven (BSYH) is a four-bed facility located in State College, PA. This voluntary shelter houses both males and females ages 12 through 18, for a maximum of 15 days. The youth that benefit from our services are homeless, runaways or are at risk for either of those two conditions due to difficulties within their home. Youth are welcome to access this shelter whenever they need a safe place to stay, day or night. There are caring, professional counselors at the facility 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to offer their assistance for both residential or drop in care. All of the services offered to both youth and their families are free and confidential.
The mission of Crossroads Rhode Island is to assist the homeless and disconnected on their journey toward a better quality of life. We do this by providing a continuum of care that includes basic emergency needs, shelter, housing, case management and vocational services for individuals and families.
RHODE ISLAND COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS
The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless is organized to promote and preserve the dignity and quality of life for men, women, and children by pursuing comprehensive and cooperative solutions to the problems of housing and homelessness… The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless believes that homelessness is unjust and unacceptable. We hereby recognize each individual and family’s right to: stable, safe and affordable housing, quality medical and mental health care, food, clothing, education and sustaining income and/or employment.
SeaHaven is a resource for homeless youth, offering shelter, assistance, educational and informational services, and goal oriented programs for teens
TIME OUT YOUTH
Time Out Youth offers support, advocacy, and opportunities for personal development and social interaction to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 13 – 23.
-Provide a safe environment for LGBTQ youth and their allies by fostering interaction, learning and affirmation.
-Build a youth’s self-concept to its fullest potential through uniquely targeted programming.
-Offer diverse opportunities for group activities that are open to all and closed to none.
-Promote awareness, understanding, acceptance and inclusion for LGBTQ youth.
PHONE: Dial 211
The mission of the Helpline Center is making lives better by giving support, offering hope and creating connections all day, every day. We fulfill our mission through the following programs:
- 211 Community Resources
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Child Care Resources
- Suicide and Crisis Support
- Serve and Learn Student Association (SALSA)
- Holiday Clearing House
CENTER FOR EQUALITY
The Drop-in Center is open regularly for youth and the general community.
Safe Haven is the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts the entire homeless family. We keep the family together and provide comprehensive services that empower them to achieve lasting self-sufficiency. As our name implies, we have an emergency shelter program, but we also offer a Transitional Housing Program and Rapid Rehousing Program. Safe Haven Family Shelter’s comprehensive approach is one of service, compassion, trauma-informed care and evidenced-bases practices.
Just Us is an Oasis Center program dedicated to serving young people, 13-21 years of age, who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or are questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Though not religious-based, this program can provide any of the following: individual support, events with peers, and group counseling. If you are ages 13-21, Just Us is a great place to start getting involved and learning more in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
Founded in 1970 to provide community-based care for youth experiencing alcohol and drug problems, Oasis Center has evolved over the past four decades into one of the nation’s leading youth-serving organizations, offering safety and support to Nashville’s most vulnerable and disconnected youth, while seeking to also teach young people how to transform the conditions that create problems for them in the first place.
Phone: (512) 735-2400
LifeWorks offers resources for homeless and runaway youth, including a walk-in emergency shelter, counseling, parenting advice for teen parents, and a transitional living program.
Promise House embraces homeless, runaway and at-risk teens, giving them individualized support, skills, encouragement and hope to live a better life.
VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA UTAH’S HOMELESS YOUTH RESOURCE CENTER
HYRC runs a 3-part program for homeless youth, and about 30% of the youth it serves report being LGBTQ. Programs include a drop-in center, a transitional living center and a street outreach program that focuses on reaching young male prostitutes.
LGBTQ OUT OF HOME YOUTH INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT
Melissa Larsen, CSW Melissa is an independent consultant and trainer concerning homeless LGBTQ youth and LGBTQ youth in foster care.
HOMELESS YOUTH RESOURCE CENTER
Phone: 801 363 9414
The Homeless Youth Resource Center offers Outreach programs, a drop-in center, and a transitional living program to homeless and runaway youth.
DIXIE CARE AND SHARE
Phone: 435 628 3661
Dixie Care and Share offers emergency shelter, food, case management, and a transitional living program to the homeless in St. George.
SPECTRUM Youth & Family Services
Phone: 802-864-5396 ext 422
Contact: Patrick Deleon
Spectrum Youth and Family Services is a community-based social service agency committed to working with Vermont youth and families to improve their lives through advocacy, direct service, and a continuum of support in order to work toward a more just and compassionate community.
RU12 COMMUNITY CENTER
Phone: 802.860.7812 (RU12)
Celebrates, educates, and advocates with and for LGBTQ Vermonters. Trans* link resources and drop in programs.
GAY COMMUNITY CENTER OF RICHMOND
Phone: (804) 622-4646
“We develop and help sustain organizations, programs and services that contribute to a vibrant Central Virginia community that shares our values of diversity, inclusion, individual dignity, equality and civic engagement.”
VIRGINIA COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS
Mission: The Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness is dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness in the Commonwealth of Virginia through community collaboration, capacity building, education and advocacy.
LA-BA-TE-YAH YOUTH HOME COMMUNITY
La-Ba-Te-Yah is an independent living program for homeless youth, for urban Native Americans and youth of color. There is case management on site. It includes a Two-Spirit Program.
Isis House: 206-694-4507
The Shelter: 206-694-4506
24 Hour Help/Referral Line: 800-495-7802
Youth Care offers transitional living for homeless youth 18-21 and an emergency shelter for 12-17 year olds.
LAMBERT HOUSE (SEATTLE)
Lambert House is a safe place for queer youth ages 22 and under. Our calendar is packed with fun activities, support groups, planning meetings, dances, and other events. We are here to make life better for each other as GLBTQ youth. The drop-in center is open Mon-Sat 4-9:30.
Phone: 304 340 3675
Daymark is an advocate as well as a resource for runaway and homeless youth. They operate a crisis shelter, independent living and education programs, and a drop-in center.
RAINBOW COMMUNITY CENTER
The RCC offers advocacy services, a resource library, and social gatherings to the LGBTQ communities of North Central West Virginia. They also work to increase the visibility of the rainbow community.
YOUTH SOS WISCONSIN
Phone: 608 245 2550
Youth SOS Wisconsin offers emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth, free and anonymous hiv testing, outrerach programs, counseling, and support groups.
PROJECT Q (MILWAUKEE)
Project Q a wide variety of youth drop-in activities are currently scheduled throughout the week. Activities include art, discussion groups, poetry readings, movie nights, dances & Drag Shows. Drop-In activities are designed to ensure safety, accessibility and comfort for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning youth and their straight allies. We run Milwaukee’s First and Only LGBT Youth Drop-In Center. Project Q’s LGBT Youth Drop-In Center operates a coffee bar, youth library, four computer work stations, lounge area with TV, VCR, and cable, and plenty of peer/adult support.
UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING RAINBOW RESOURCE CENTER
The University of Wyoming Rainbow Resource Center provides a safe place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered, questioning and queer individuals and their family and friends.
WYOMING COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS
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