MEDIA & VISUAL STORYTELLING LIBRARY

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Race, Class, Gender, and Empowerment:
A Youth-Led Discussion

 

At its foundation, youth homelessness is an intersectional issue, with LGBTQ+ communities and people of color experiencing drastically disproportionate amounts of homelessness. If you care about Black Lives Matter, if you care about criminal justice reform, if you care about income inequality, you should care about youth homelessness.

This video gathers together 4 youth leaders and activists from different communities to join in a youth-led discussion on race, class, gender, empowerment, and the inextricable relationship to the crisis of youth homelessness. The goal is to intentionally dissect the links between youth homelessness and the seemingly disparate issues of trans & LGBTQ+ rights, mental health, gentrification, juvenile justice, and Black liberation.

 

FEATURED VIDEOS


HOST HOMES FOR YOUTH:
PERSPECTIVES FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY

LOS ANGELES

LGBTQ+ youth deserve stable housing, affirming mentors and accessible pathways out of homelessness. Listen to the powerful testimonials of Relly and Helen, two young people who navigated homelessness and housing insecurity and found stability through Safe Place for Youth’s host homes program in Venice Beach, CA.

LOUISVILLE

Home of the Innocents in Louisville, Kentucky is launching their new host homes program. Listen to Liza, Host Homes Manager, speak about how Louisville’s community members are stepping up to ensure that LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness in their community have safe and affirming housing.

MINNEAPOLIS

Trans youth of color across the country experience higher rates of homelessness than other youth. We went to Minneapolis to meet with Ken, Steve, and Nick to hear their experiences participating in the host home program at Avenues for Homeless Youth. Learn how host homes helped empower Ken to secure his own apartment and remain stably housed.

BALTIMORE

St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center’s Host Homes Program believes in always using community-driven approaches. Watch the video to learn how they’ve used this approach to work with young people experiencing homelessness and local hosts like Howard Roberts and Keisha Washington to provide youth in Baltimore with the host home support they need.


INTERSECTIONAL STORYTELLING

JHA’ASRYEL bishop

We spoke to Jha’asryel Bishop, a NYC-based Guyanese asylum-seeker, artist and activist about the challenges they faced during their search for housing in NYC. Jha’asryel’s experiences as a young, queer POC facing housing instability is representative of what so many incredible young people are up against in New York City.

JHUMPA bhattacharya

Consider that most the marginalized young people in our society are people of color who identify as LGBTQ+. Then consider racial and economic segregation, wealth extraction, and the criminalization of poverty. Ending youth homelessness will require a critical look at the socio-economic barriers youth at the margins face. Click play to hear Jhumpa Bhattacharya speak truth to power.

ANDREA jenkins

An intersectional, cross-movement approach is paramount to ending the crisis of youth homelessness. Listen to Andrea Jenkins, the first trans woman of color elected to public office and Ken, a community activist, and Minneapolis Host Home participant discuss the factors that contribute to LGBTQ +youth homelessness and the steps ahead in solving the crisis.

#WONTBEERASED

Trans Lives Matter. Period. Transgender youth experience homelessness at the highest rates of all youth. We must and we will rally to provide transgender and non-binary youth the support, housing, and protections they need to flourish in life.

SOPHIE & MARCELLE

Listen to Sophie and Marcelle, two TGNCNB young people tell us what it will take to end youth homelessness. Sophie and Marcelle let us know why we must care, be ready to open our hearts, minds and wallets, and work to scale-up meaningful solutions to end this crisis.

 

ASK A ROCKSTAR WEB SERIES: COMMUNITY LEADERS ON THE MOVEMENT TO END YOUTH HOMELESSNESS

JONATHAN ogden

Rural youth homelessness is statistically as prevalent as urban youth homelessness. We are working with rural communities to scale-up meaningful solutions to this crisis. In this episode, Jonathan Ogden joined us from rural Ohio to share his experience in rapid re-housing.

CECILIA gentili

As a lifelong transgender rights activist and advocate, Cecilia Gentili’s perspective on the needs of trans youth is invaluable. Listen to Cecilia and Sophie discuss the particular needs of trans youth in preventing and ending youth homelessness for some of the most underserved young people in our society.

MADDOX guerrilla

Youth experiencing homelessness have the most valuable insight into steps to end the youth homelessness crisis. Oftentimes the solution is as simple as listening to youth rather than creating barriers, providing the power, agency, and means they need.


RAPID RE-HOUSING: PERSPECTIVES FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY

NEW YORK CITY

Rapid Re-housing for youth can work in high cost markets and Jericho Project’s successful program is proof! Learn how Slaynne De La Cruz, Assistant Director for Rapid Re-housing at Jericho Project, works with young people and landlords in NYC to provide youth experiencing homelessness with leases in their own names.