City Coun­cil seeks money to fight LGBT youth home­less­ness

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The At­lanta City Coun­cil on Oct. 2 ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion re­quest­ing a por­tion of the $51 mil­lion Home­less Op­por­tu­nity Project be al­lo­cated to fight LGBT youth home­less­ness. $26 mil­lion of those funds come from the City of At­lanta and $25 mil­lion come from match­ing funds from the United Way. The City Coun­cil claims the in­vest­ment will cre­ate 254 “hous­ing in­ter­ven­tions” for the youth.

“I am proud to have worked with the Coun­cil Pres­i­dent in ad­dress­ing the needs of home­less mem­bers of the LGBTQ com­mu­nity and those ag­ing out of the foster care sys­tem,” said Coun­cilmem­ber Alex Wan, the coun­cil’s only openly gay mem­ber, in a pre­pared state­ment. “Too of­ten, th­ese pop­u­la­tions are alien­ated from fam­ily and im­me­di­ate shel­ter is not al­ways an op­tion.” Wan co-spon­sored the leg­is­la­tion. City Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ceasar Mitchell said, “This leg­is­la­tion speaks to the im­por­tance of ad­dress­ing home­less­ness in the At­lanta com­mu­nity. The City of At­lanta and the United Way are set­ting the ex­am­ple for the re­gion and the na­tion on how we can work to­gether to elim­i­nate or greatly re­duce home­less­ness in At­lanta.”

Ac­cord­ing to an oft-cited statis­tic from The Wil­liams In­sti­tute at UCLA, nearly 40 per­cent of home­less youth are LGBT.

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