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LGBTQ Transitional Living Program

Bill Wilson Center’s LGBTQ Transitional Living Program is designed to provide a safe and accepting environment for young adults, ages 18-21, who are homeless, often having been kicked out and rejected by their families due to their sexual orientation.  The home can house up to six young adults for up to 18 months who are receiving services and supports that will:

·       Assist them in finding permanent, safe and stable housing

·       Gain employment skills and/or employment such as job assessment, training, job search skills, mentoring, job placement and interpersonal skills

·       Continue or complete educational goals (assistance with enrollments, applications, financial aid, literacy)

·       Promote permanent connections as a means to develop a safety net of support to prevent re-entry into homelessness

·       Support local, integrated approaches to meet the needs, particularly with co-morbid mental health and substance abuse problems

 

Additionally, youth may receive domestic violence prevention and education, sexual assault advocacy, independent living skills training, substance abuse treatment, legal counseling, brokerage of family reconnection or reunification, leadership training, recreation and aftercare services.

 

We also embrace the Family Acceptance Project that works to prevent health and mental health risks for LGBTQ youth including suicide, homelessness and HIV in the context of their families, culture and faith community. This model serves to reconnect or reunify youth with their families.

 

Contact Marie Chelberg at mchelberg@billwilsoncenter.org for more information.