In Florida, A Community Unites to End Homelessness Among LGBTQ Youth

Sep 2017

Preventing and ending homelessness among LGBTQ youth in Pinellas County, Florida.

Leaders in Pinellas County, Florida are developing a plan to address LGBTQ youth homelessness in their community. They’ve been hard at work all year and will begin to implement the plan starting in December.

What makes this such a big deal?

The work happening in Pinellas County is truly a community investment, as it’s being developed by community leaders with the needs of local youth in mind. Folks from all corners of the community – local organizations, homeless youth service providers, artists, police, educators, funders, and young people themselves – are working together to contribute their unique expertise and ensure that the plan is diverse and wide-reaching. Furthermore, the Pinellas plan is in line with the Federal Government’s priorities for ending youth homelessness nationally.

How did this initiative come together?

None of this could be possible without funding from local foundations and the leadership of Family Resources, Metro Wellness, and Planning Works. The True Colors Fund has been closely involved, providing both remote and in-person technical assistance.

Earlier this year, Pinellas County conducted a count of youth experiencing homelessness – providing valuable insight into what a local solution could look like. Here’s what they learned!

Get involved.

Community leaders from Pinellas County will be at our 40 to None Summit (October 3-4; Philadelphia, PA) discussing their success, challenges, and lessons learned. If you’re interested in getting involved, or undertaking similar work in your community, we invite you to join us!

Register for the 40 to None Summit