While responding to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth experiencing homelessness is important, we also believe that preventing youth from becoming homeless in the first place is critical if we are to end LGBT youth homelessness.

In order to figure out exactly how communities can work together to prevent LGBT youth homelessness, we are partnering with five federal partners (the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice, and USICH) on the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative.

The goal of this pilot initiative is to identify successful strategies for ensuring that no young person is left without a home because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. Community members in Houston, TX and Hamilton County, OH have developed and are currently implementing prevention plans.