This year’s Count Us In report found 824 youth and young adults ages 12-25 throughout our region who were sleeping on the street, in shelters, or in temporary housing. Approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), yet LGBT young people make up less than 7% of the general youth population. While identity-based family rejection is the most commonly cited reason, there are many factors that contribute to LGBT youth homelessness. The True Colors Fund launched #40toNoneDay with the goal of reducing the disproportionate percentage from 40% to none. #40toNoneDay is a national day to raise public awareness about LGBT youth homelessness, and to provide supporters with simple ways to make a difference.
The King County Council released a proclamation marking April 27, 2016 “40 to None Day” and encouraging all county residents to support this effort.
What can community members do to support LGBTQ young people experiencing homelessness?
One strategy that has been successful in responding to the needs of LGBTQ young people experiencing homelessness in other communities is host homes. Host homes allow community members to provide a room in their home for young people without another place to stay. All Home has been working with several partners to implement host homes in King County, and the Accelerator YMCA is now launching a brand new host homes program. If you are interested in opening your home to a young person in need and/or learning more about the Accelerator YMCA’s Host Home Program, please contact Nicole Guiberteaux, at (206) 462-9327 or firstname.lastname@example.org .