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In December of 2012, Pride Foundation announced the establishment of a four-year initiative to confront the growing challenge of youth homelessness and its disproportionate impact on LGBTQ youth. With generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we have funded innovative, collaborative approaches that are building the capacity of service providers to address the unique needs of homeless LGBTQ youth in Washington State, with an emphasis on youth living in rural and remote communities.

“LGBTQ youth are disproportionately represented among homeless youth, and may make up as much as 50 percent of the total homeless youth populations on any given night,” says Pride Foundation Executive Director Kris Hermanns.

Recognizing that systems-change takes time, we awarded four multi-year grants as part of this initiative. Organizations that have received funding through our Homeless LGBTQ Youth Initiative include:

  • Northwest Youth Services—Bellingham, WA
  • Oasis Youth Center—Tacoma, WA
  • Odyssey Youth Movement—Spokane, WA
  • Northwest Network—Seattle, WA

In the coming months, we will be expanding this work throughout Alaska and Montana thanks to support from FLGBTQI + ADAM Queer Youth Initiative and generous donors from Montana. As we continue to evaluate these efforts, we will build on key learnings and best practices to work towards systems-change across our entire region.

Check our blog for ongoing information about Pride Foundation’s support for homeless LGBTQ youth, and the innovative work being done by our grantees.