Sheltering Pride

Valley Youth House is pleased to announce the launch of Sheltering Pride, 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.

LGBTQ youth are affected by homelessness at a much higher rate than the general population. While only approximately 5-7% 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 one on one 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 double the number of youth served in the Pride program by 2017. Pride is currently serving 25 youth annually.

Support Opportunities

$5,600 Gift (6 months)

Rental Assistance, $600/month $3,600.00
Life Skills Counseling $1,800.00
Move In Essentials $200.00
$5,600.00

$8,000 Gift (6 months)

Rental Assistance, $600/month $3,600.00
Utilities, $200/month $2,400.00
Life Skills Counseling $1,800.00
Move In Essentials $200.00
  $8,000.00

$11,000 Gift (12 months)

Rental Assistance, $600/month $7,200.00
Life Skills Counseling $3,600.00
Move In Essentials $200.00
$11,000.00

$15,000 Gift (12 months)

Rental Assistance, $600/month $7,200.00
Utilities, $200/month $2,400.00
Life Skills Counseling $3,600.00
Move In Essentials & Incidentals $708.00
Monthly TransPass, $91/month $1,092.00
$15,000.00

Support Sheltering Pride with a donation of any amount:


Couches Don't Count

#CouchesDontCount is an advocacy campaign launched in October 2015 to raise awareness for the disproportionate rate of young people experiencing homelessness who identify as LGBTQ. In stark comparison to the general population’s average of 5% to 7%, national studies show that 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ.

Where does the couch come from, you ask? The most recent Youth Count in Philadelphia suggests that as many as 64% of youth experiencing homelessness are couch surfing, or staying with friends or acquaintances rather than sleeping unsheltered. The message is that #CouchesDontCount as stable housing for any young person experiencing homelessness, including those that identify as LGBTQ.

Want to help?

Connect with us today!

Call us: 215-925-3180

Email us: vjohnson@valleyyouthhouse.org

Address: Valley Youth House, 1500 Sansom Street, Suite 300A, Philadelphia, PA 19102