Please join us for Friendship Place’s annual Education and Advocacy Symposium:
Young, LGBTQ and Homeless
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 6PM – 8PM
George Washington University | Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC
The discussion will center around the local and national challenges of homelessness among LGBTQ youth, and what organizations like Friendship Place are doing to ensure these individuals have a place to call home.
Ray Suarez, Former Host of Al Jazeera America’s Inside Story and PBS Newshour
Featured speakers include:
Questions? Email Zack Tobler, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Washington, DC metropolitan area has a large population of homeless youth and over 40% of them identify as LGBTQ. With only a few providers in the city to address the needs of this underserved population, a new program could fill the gap and make more resources available to this community. We are in the process of finding funding to dedicate staff resources to meet the vital needs of this group. Friendship Place already provides services focused on homeless youth, and a greater focus on LGBTQ homeless youth would be a logical extension of our current efforts.
Not only does Friendship Place have a diverse staff including many members who identify as LGBT or Q, but we also emphasizes LGBTQ awareness and competency training for our entire staff. Friendship Place has provided services to the LGBTQ community since its inception and has always been supportive of individuals who identify as LGBTQ. The city has a need for LGBTQ youth services and Friendship Place has the tools, expertise, and commitment to address this critical need.
Friendship Place is one of the only providers in the city with a long history of providing a wide array of homeless services throughout the region. We have an established record of success in starting small capacity pilot projects and rapidly developing them into effective and sustainable programs.