Sheltering Pride is a giving program to support a continuum of housing services for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) identifying youth who are experiencing homelessness and housing instability in Philadelphia.
LGBTQ youth are affected by homelessness at a much higher rate than the general population. While only approximately 7% of the general population identifies as LGBTQ, 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Of homeless LGBTQ youth, 43% reported being kicked out of their homes because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, 46% reported running away because of family rejection, and 32% reported experiencing physical, emotional, or sexual abuse at home.
Sheltering Pride connects donors with LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness to provide safe living spaces, rental assistance, transportation and life skills counseling.
Valley Youth House’s Pride program is the longest running housing program for LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia. Started in 2009, Pride gives youth the opportunity to embrace their identity and overcome the obstacles presented by housing insecurities and homelessness. VYH has a proven track record of helping homeless LGBTQ youth to gain stable housing and employment. Your support will ensure the program’s long-term success and assure that the continuum of housing services is responsive to the needs of homeless LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia.
Launched by the VYH Board of Governors in 2015, Sheltering Pride’s goal is to raise $56,000 in 2017, which will provide rental support and life skills counseling to 10 additional young people.