Summer months are particularly busy months for the Street Outreach Program. Over the past three months, the program reached roughly 120 youth. One of those youth is Ziggy. Ziggy is a young woman who identifies as LGBTQ and expressed that she had had problems with her family due to her sexual orientation. Ziggy had been staying in friends’ houses (couch surfing), in the streets, and in buses. Like many youth in her situation, she did not feel comfortable going to adult homeless shelters given her sexual orientation. LAYC placed Ziggy in a transitional living program, and she is now focused on going back to school and finishing high school. Ziggy is a charismatic young woman with immense potential. She is an avid participant in LAYC’s social group for LGBTQ youth where she is an educator for LGBTQ rights. Watch Ziggy in Why We Count: Homeless Youth in America, by LAYC community partner The Urban Alliance.
Your donations and overall support help make these much needed services available to the youth like Ziggy who are most in need. Our dedicated staff works hard every day to connect these young people to the best available resources so that their cycle of homelessness can end and the opportunity for stability and self-sufficiency is possible. Thank you so much for your support and please spread the word about LAYC's Street Outreach Program.
LAYC is excited to announce that we will be implementing a new transitional living program starting this fall. This program will target homeless or runaway youth between the ages of 18-24 who identify as LGBTQ. Services for this population of homeless or runaway youth are particularly warranted given their high numbers and lack of shelters and programs geared towards their specific needs. Participants will live in single occupancy apartments for up to nine months and receive supports to meet personal, educational, and career goals, and ultimately transition to stable housing.
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