homeless youth

Cincinnati Edition - 513-419-7100
2:30 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Cincinnati pilots HUD program to assist homeless LGBTQ youth

  LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) youth are dramatically over-represented in the homeless youth population. Across the country, from 25 to 40% of homeless youth identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. A program designed to educate the public, reduce the problem and help these severely at-risk kids stay off the streets was recently introduced in Cincinnati. The National LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative, led by the U.S.

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Homelessness
4:15 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Pilot program aims to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness

Members of the DiverseCity Youth Chorus rehearse before performing at the community forum Tuesday.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Cincinnati-area groups are working together to test a federal pilot program aimed at reducing the number of homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

Meredith Hicks with Lighthouse Youth Services explains why the region is one of just two in the country chosen to try out new strategies targeting this vulnerable population.

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Homelessness
4:05 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Authorities offering help not hassles to homeless young people

Homeless children, teens and young adults are a rising concern for police and social workers in Hamilton County.

Lighthouse Youth Services CEO Bob Mecum says homeless kids used to mainly be unhappy runaways.

"Today we're seeing kids who are, for the most part, long-term victims of poverty, long-term victims of neglect, and physical and sexual abuse," says Mecum.

Addiction is another major problem. Mecum says heroin use today is unprecedented and often passed down to children by their parents.

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