SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA— Santa Clara County will open a permanent emergency shelter for LGBTQ youth and adults in 2018 after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the recommendation in response to safety concerns for the transgender community and an epidemic of homelessness among LGBTQ youth.
A hate-crimes hearing last year revealed the plight of LGBTQ youth who are often kicked out of their homes.
The process to find a shelter building is underway and recommendations for the financing of the project will come back to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in March.
“We cannot have a situation where LGBTQ youth have nowhere to turn and are left to live on the streets,” said Supervisor Cindy Chavez, representing Central, East and South San Jose.
The Santa Clara County Homeless Census in 2017 https://www.sccgov.org/sites/osh/ContinuumofCare/ReportsandPublications/Documents/2017%20Santa%20Clara%20County%20Homeless%20Census%20and%20Survey%20Report.pdf reveals youth under 25 make up more than a third of the unhoused – more than 2,500 and 34% of all respondents to the survey identified as LGBTQ. The available data suggests LGBTQ individuals experience homelessness at higher rates, especially those under the age of 25.
There are now approximately 2,290 chronically homeless individuals costing over $100,000 each in government services, according to the report Home Not Found https://destinationhomesv.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/FactSheetDestinationHome.pdf from the non-profit Destination: Home.
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Media Contact: Beth Willon, Office of Supervisor Cindy Chavez, (408) 660-5174; Roger Ross, Consumer & Environmental Protection Agency, (408) 918-4620; Nancy Fishman, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, (408) 298-9330.
Posted: January 24, 2018