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Indiana to open first home for LGBTQ+ homeless youths
2021-01-20

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Indiana's first dedicated residential facility for LGBTQ+ young adults experiencing homelessness is slated to open this year in Indianapolis, according to WLFI.com .

This home was years in the making. Trinity Haven, an independent not-for-profit, started as a project of Trinity Episcopal Church in 2016 as the church sought suggestions for how to use a vacant house it owned.

Leigh Ann Hirschman, Trinity Haven's board president and a member of the church, said leaders talked to local not-for-profits, including the Indiana Youth Group, which serves youth ages 12 to 20 who identify as LGBTQ. They learned that those young people often experience homelessness and have few places to go.

Trinity Haven Executive Director Jenni White said Trinity initially planned only a Transitional Housing Program for this year, then to slowly launch the Host Homes Program later. But in 2019, the city received $3.88 million in federal funding for youth homelessness and intervention and awarded Trinity Haven about $250,000—so White bumped up the timeline.

Nationally, approximately 40% of all homeless youth identify as LGBTQ+.

The full article is at www.wlfi.com/content/news/Indianas-1st-home-dedicated-to-LGBTQ-youths-set-to-open-573614601.html .


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