Our At Risk Youth Outreach focuses on educating ourselves and others on the plight of At Risk Youth and being an advocate. Were you aware that “National Foster Youth Institute” reports that 20% of the children aging out of foster care instantly become homeless? Also, according to “American Institutes for Research” 40% of homeless LGBTQIA+ youth are on the streets because of conflicts with their family regarding their sexual orientation or gender identity.
To help address the overrepresentation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth among youth experiencing homelessness, HUD is leading the first-of-its-kind LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative (Initiative) to identify successful strategies to ensure that no young person is left without a home because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. The Initiative began with two pilot communities that developed local, community-wide prevention plans, which they started implementing in Fall 2014. These plans include strategies to prevent LGBTQ youth from becoming homeless and intervene as early as possible if they do become homeless.
We are making some promises to these children when we place them into foster care. We are telling them that they are getting the chance to create a better life for themselves. They are promised a safe home where they can have a family that can be called their own. For many children, these promise are just empty words that have no meaning. As the statistics show, many foster kids are aging out of the system and have nowhere to turn.