Essex County LGBT RAIN Foundation

Why Housing?

WHAT ARE WE DOING AND WHY WE NEED SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

We are providing a solution to LGBT homelessness among our adolescents. By providing housing and an array of detailed, relevant and responsive services we can start to help them transition and heal from any past or present situations and open up a world of opportunities that will enable them to develop sustainable skills and live productive lives.

By collaborative & supportive partnering with local and national community organizations, we can strengthen our commitment and creditability to our young people.

By continuing to invest in them, we help in reducing their long-term need and dependence and enhance their ability to grow into strong, focused, well-rounded members of the community.

DID YOU KNOW???

  • Studies show that 26% of young gay males surveyed had to leave home because they were not accepted once they came out to their families.
  • Another study of gay and lesbian youth found that two out of five had been physically assaulted, with more than three-fifths of the incident’s having occurring in their homes.
  • LGBT youth are two to three times as likely as their heterosexual counterparts to attempt suicide.
    Housing is a major social determinate of health and a mitigating risk factor for HIV/STD infection.