The LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Initiative was created by Aqua Foundation for Women in 2013. Funding was needed to start programming specifically aimed at supporting homeless or at-risk LGBTQ youth. AFW lead the charge and partnered with Our Fund and the GLBTQ Projects Fund at the Miami Foundation to raise the initial $100,000 to start what is now known as Project Safe.
Aqua has continued to support this work. Our goal to improve the depth and breadth of services for homeless or at-risk LGBTQ youth in the area is fueled by research from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago which shows that young LGBTQ people living in urban areas are 40% more likely to be homeless than their peers. We have seen the evidence of this fact on the area as young adults who identify as part of the queer community represent a disproportionate number of the unaccompanied homeless youth population in Miami-Dade County.
According to the 2018 iCount, approximately ¼ of homeless youth in the area identified themselves as part of the LGBTQ community. Even so, we believe that even that number is conservative given the myriad of reasons a young person might have for declining to self-identify and the difficulties in determining the true size of the homeless population in the area.
With that in mind, we hope you will join AQUA in our ongoing efforts. Help ensure that Miami’s young LGBTQ community continues to have access to the services they need by making a donation to the Youth Homelessness Initiative today.