City Council seeks money to fight LGBT youth homelessness
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.