One Equal World

New LGBT youth homeless shelter opens in the Midwest

Posted on: March 20, 2012

It took awhile, but the Midwest now has its very own LGBT youth homeless shelter. Sponsored by Vida/SIDA, the transitional homeless shelter will house about 12 LGBT youths aged 18-24 and will provide social services as well, including employment and educational resources, skills training, and case management.

There’s no doubt that young LGBT members are one of the highest risks for homelessness, given the possible volatile reactions that their families can have.  And once they’re on the street such children are likely to face danger and violence.

“We have noticed the same thing with homeless youth,” said Roberto Sanabria, a longtime activist with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, to the Windy City Times. “Once a child is homeless, especially if he is LGBT, these children are exposed to violence.”

“This is about hope,” expanded Cook County Commissioner Edwin Reyes. “It’s about dignity, and it’s about saving lives.”

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