Controller Unveils Map Connecting L.A.’s LGBTQ Youth with Vital Resources
Los Angeles – L.A. Controller Ron Galperin released a map detailing free and local resources to help LGBTQ homeless youth throughout greater Los Angeles.
The map, online at www.lacontroller.org/lgbtqresourcemap, lists 143 organizations located in Los Angeles County that offer free housing, health resources, youth programs, education programs, scholarships, legal services, nutrition and more. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning persons who may be in danger of experiencing homelessness can find support through partner organizations, such as the L.A. LGBT Youth Advocates Coalition and the Los Angeles chapter of PFLAG, an all volunteer organization run by parents, family members, LGBTQ persons and their friends.
“We all have a responsibility to help the most vulnerable among us,” L.A. Controller Ron Galperin said. “It’s vitally important that we look after and plan for the thousands of homeless in our City and ensure the youth who are especially in danger on the streets of L.A. – those who may have been abandoned, abused or forgotten – get the help they need.”
“I believe that the LGBTQ Youth Resources Map is a crucial tool for our youth to access support, education, health resources and others services in the greater L.A. area,” PFLAG Los Angeles Board Member and LA LGBT Youth Advocates Coalition Steve Krantz said. “ The L.A. City Controller’s leadership in the creation of the map is to be commended.”
The map is available for all of the estimated 53,000 people in L.A. County experiencing homelessness, but is geared for LGBTQ homeless youth. While LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness have similar needs to their non-LGBTQ peers, they also have needs specific to their identities. The map is part of an ongoing effort by Controller Galperin to map City resources and present data in clear, concise and usable ways.