LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) youth are dramatically over-represented in the homeless youth population. Across the country, from 25 to 40% of homeless youth identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. A program designed to educate the public, reduce the problem and help these severely at-risk kids stay off the streets was recently introduced in Cincinnati. The National LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative, led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is piloted in Cincinnati and Houston, the only two communities invited to participate.
Here to discuss the problem of homelessness for LGBTQ youth and the new prevention initiative are Kevin Finn, executive director of Strategies to End Homelessness; Meredith Hicks, planning & policy director for Lighthouse Youth Services; and a young man who was recently homeless but is now working and living in transitional housing, Tevin Brunner.
Lighthouse Youth 24/7 Crisis Line: 513- 961-4080
Central Access Point: 513-381-SAFE (7233)