In America, it is estimated that up to 1.6 million youth are homeless each year and that up to 40% of them identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Yet, LGBT youth make up just 7% of the general youth population. The True Colors Fund is committed to reducing that disproportionate percentage from 40% to none.
We believe that LGBT youth homelessness is a community issue. We believe that real change can happen when people come together with a shared vision. We believe in thinking outside the box – and that means working innovatively and collaboratively, as well as engaging unlikely partners in our work. In order to end LGBT youth homelessness, we need to think both proactively and reactively to come up with solutions that will lead to systemic change. That means working to not only end homelessness among LGBT youth, but to prevent it.
People often think that, because they don’t work at a shelter or service provider, they don’t have a role to play in the effort to end LGBT youth homelessness. The reality is: Everyone can make a difference! You can make a difference.
Together, we can directly impact the lives of LGBT youth, the service providers with whom they work, and the communities in which they live. Learn more about our work and how you can get involved!
The True Colors Fund works within communities across the country to develop solutions that prevent and end youth homelessness in three ways:
Check out the projects we've been working on within each of our program areas: