In the wake of this year’s Homeless Count results, which found that at least 8,900 people age 24 and under are homeless in Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin released an online services directory for LGBT homeless youth. Up to 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, according to the Controller’s office.
“The homelessness crisis gripping our region spans the spectrum of age, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation and expression, but is particularly difficult for LGBTQ youth,” Galperin said. “That is why I believe it is so critical to connect LGBTQ youth with social services and community resources — not just to get them the assistance they need today, but to put them on a path toward a better future.”
The LGBTQ Resource Map can be accessed at lacontroller.org/lgbtqresourcemap. It has been developed in in partnership with the L.A. LGBT Youth Advocates Coalition and the Los Angeles chapter of PFLAG.
Non-heterosexual youth are often harder hit by homelessness than others due to their sexual or gender identity. Oftentimes, they are ostracized by family and other support networks, and face hate crimes on the streets.
“In Los Angeles, LGBTQ youth can be isolated — finding friends and services can be difficult. The LGBTQ Resource Map gives them a means to connect and seek crucial aid,” Steve Krantz, PFLAG Los Angeles Board Member and LA LGBT Youth Advocates Coalition founder said. “Kudos to Controller Galperin for his leadership in creating this important community resource.”
The directory is part of Galperin’s ongoing efforts to use data, technology and innovation to connect Angelenos with important public resources and services.