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true colors: west michigan recommendations

Every day, LGBTQ+-identified youth face homelessness simply for being who they are. Youth that experience episodes of homelessness touch every zip code, every community, and every school district. LGBTQ+ youth are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than their straight and cisgender peers. Homelessness leaves youth vulnerable and at risk for abuse, trafficking, victims of crime, and more.

How might we, as a community, help LGBTQ+-identified youth who are experiencing homelessness? How might  we prevent homelessness for LGBTQ+-identified youth? How might we build on existing service delivery models and systems of care to move this work forward? How might we ensure all LGBTQ+ youth in West Michigan live in a safe, secure community?

Over the past year, a cross-sector of community leaders, agency providers, and concerned individuals have been seeking to answer these questions. They examined them from multiple perspectives and set out to learn what is and is not working in our community. Based on their findings, they have compiled recommendations to our community to address LGBTQ+ Youth Homelessness.

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