Advocacy

VYH Advocates for Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth at the State Capitol

Valley Youth House took its #CouchesDontCount campaign to Harrisburg on Monday, June 5th, to advocate for homeless LGBTQ+ youth to legislators and visitors in the capitol building. With the support of Representative Brian Sims, a Philadelphia-based politician and dedicated advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, VYH occupied the capitol rotunda with a couch to raise awareness about […]

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VYH Recognized by True Colors Fund on #40toNone Day

Valley Youth House was recognized by the True Colors Fund and the city of Philadelphia Mayor’s office for our work to end LGBTQ youth homelessness. As part of the recognition, a proclamation was read nationwide and signed by Mayor Kenney to announce that 4/26 would be #40toNone Day.  #40toNone Day represent thea pproximately 40% of youth experiencing […]

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VYH testifies for Philadelphia City Council on homelessness prevention

Valley Youth House’s VP of SE Programs, Allison Moore, provided testimony before Philadelphia’s City Council yesterday about homelessness prevention and the need for increased supports and funding. VYH was one of several agencies to participate, including People’s Emergency Center, Juvenile Law Center, Office of Homeless Services, and the Family Service Provider Network. Read more about […]

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VYH receives $700k grant from the City of Philadelphia

Yesterday, the City of Philadelphia hosted a press conference to announce a $700,000 grant to the Coalition to End Youth Homelessness, which is headed by Valley Youth House. City Council members Helen Gym, Allan Domb, and Jannie Blackwell were in attendance and played a major role in securing the funding. Helen Gym spearheaded a visit […]

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VYH Invited to Speak on White House Panel

Valley Youth House is honored to have been invited by Alejandro Avilés, Senior Advisor for Public Engagement, US Department of Housing and Urban Development to speak on a panel at the White House Regional LGBT Summit.  The Summit was held in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 and was hosted by The White House, the U.S. Department of […]

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Media coverage for VYH & City Council Hearing on Youth Homelessness

Director of Housing and Emergency Services for Philadelphia, Shani Meacham, participated as a panelist during last week’s City Council Hearing on Youth Homelessness in Philadelphia. Along with several youth speakers and representatives from other youth service providers in the city, Shani provided testimony on the growing problem of youth homelessness in Philadelphia.  Current and former clients […]

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Valley Youth House in Philly Gay News

Valley Youth House’s #CouchesDontCount campaign was featured in the October 11 issue of Philly Gay News and online HERE. “It is estimated that 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT. A significant proportion of such youth may fall between the cracks, Valley Youth House said, because they are living not on the streets, but […]

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