Homeless Shelter That Serves LGBT Youth in Financial Crisis

A youth homeless shelter that serves a large number of LGBT teens in San Francisco may be forced to close its doors on Christmas Day if it does not raise the funds needed to support a move.

The Homeless Youth Alliance in San Francisco has worked to help young people build healthier lives through support and education for the past 12 years. The center serves over 100 homeless youth everyday. 49% of the people they assist identify as LGBT.

In addition to a drop-in center, HYA also offers one-on-one counseling services, group workshops, mental health services, syringe exchanges, medical services, and facilitates community clean-ups.

Skyrocketing rents have forced HYA to move out of its current space on just a month’s notice. If HYA cannot raise enough money to move by December 25, it will be forced to shut down.

“On behalf of all of us at Homeless Youth Alliance, we are grateful for the investment all of our supporters have made in our work, and now we need their help again more than ever.” Executive Director Mary Howe said in a statement. “Every dollar counts, from $5 to $500,000.”

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  • Captain proton

    Tried to donate but the service they use won’t accept any of
    my credit cards, possibly because I’m from outside the US?

  • Cam

    I hate the fact that these centers that serve gay youth are all small centers on the edge of financial disaster. Thank goodness they are there! But I wish they had more financial backing.

  • bernadettedse

    as Kathryn responded I am shocked that anyone able to earn $4503 in 4 weeks on the computer. browse this site…..

  • iMort

    Where are the private grants for these places? Bazillions are gifted for research projects these days that rarely if ever amount to anything.

  • jwtraveler

    All those rich, gay San Franciscans donated millions for gay marriage, but they can’t raise enough money to keep a shelter for gay youth open? Disgusting!!

  • jwtraveler

    @Cam: I hope you’ve put your money where your mouth is.

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