40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ. These young adults that are highly rejected by their families are three times more likely to use illegal drugs and to be at high-risk for HIV, and 8 times more likely to attempt suicide. Five of the top six barriers to improving services targeting LGBTQ homelessness relate to a lack of funding from all forms of government, foundations, and the public. There are up to 2.8 million youth at any given time who are homeless in the United States alone. 62% of LGBT youth experience some form of discrimination from their families, which is double the amount of other youth demographics. Only 1% of the federal budget that is given out to families for public housing, affordable housing programs, or rental assistance is allocated toward helping homeless youth.
Today’s youth are the future. They are the foundation that will carry the legacies we leave behind. To reach out and support youth that are troubled, lost and searching for answers is a noble action we are all called to. To ensure the development and survival of this planet that we call home, we must look to the future, by looking at our youth.
New Horizons are making a massive impact on the homeless youth scene in Seattle, and their model is one that is not only sustainable, but forward thinking and what I think is vital: open and affirming. It is clear that he has a no-nonsense approach to helping the less fortunate, and New Horizons is going above and beyond in paving the way forward in youth outreach. If you’d like to learn more about New Horizons, visit them online at
You’ll see volunteer opportunities, success stories, and current needs of the organization.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction or depression, please call the National Hotline for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration at 1 800 662 HELP. That’s 1 800 662 4357.
If you or someone you know is dealing with physical or mental abuse, you can call National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 800 787 3224. That’s 1 800 787 3224 or visit them online at
During this current pandemic, the climb in domestic abuse has risen nearly 36% from normal. You are not alone, and there are people to help. Make the call. The Hotline will be there for you.
The LGBT National Help Center offers a talkline and weekly chatrooms for youth, providing confidential peer-support, information, local resources and community. You can call the LGBT National Youth Talkline at 1 800-246-7743. Again that number is 1 800 246 7743. You can access the Weekly Youth Chatrooms at
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