Housing Secretary Julián Castro to Headline LGBTQ Conference and Toronto proposes 54 new shelter beds for LGBT youth and More

By Junior Mayema,

I wanna know and i wanna now if there is any shelter at all for LGBT homeless youth and LGBT refugees and asylum seekers  in San Francisco, when i say LGBT homeless youth and Refugees, asylum seekers , i mean LGBT homeless people  and asylum seekers but not homeless people  and refugees in general because we face double discrimination including by heterosexual homophobic homeless people   and homophobic immigrants and refugees in the United States.

LGBT homeless youth and Homeless LGBT asylum seekers and refugees are most of the time unemployed or are not allowed to work as they wait for the paperworks to be done them or have some health conditions that make it hard for them to be able to work and LGBT resettled refugees received some small benefits that include  cash aid and food stamps for few months and can be cut off anytime, that fund is not even enough to rent a room in San Francisco, and 100 dollars is something SF and can finish just by eating something in the nearest restaurants so when those months assistance end you are left on your own to die on the streets, so to this end they can’t afford to live in a capitalist country like United States and an extremely expensive city like San Francisco, i subscribed to craigslist housing in SF bay area since i am now residing and have been resettled  San Francisco this is what i found  :

5156 new results for all housing posts:

Here are the first 20 results:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/search/hhh

This is extremely expensive for homeless LGBT youth, LGBT refugees and asylum seekers to be able to rent, i wonder what all the LGBT millionaires are doing with all the millions that they possess because as far as i can see San Francisco is a city of millionaires , lets us not forget the people who fought and died as martyrs for the freedom that we are taking for granted today and forgetting about where we came from

what are you doing for others

And here is how other progressive cities of the world are tackling LGBT Homeless issues that San Francisco can take as  examples :

http://dailyxtra.com/toronto/news/toronto-proposes-54-new-shelter-beds-lgbt-youth-98185

Toronto queer activists are finally getting what some have fought decades for — dedicated space for homeless LGBT youth.

As part of the proposed 2015 budget, 54 shelter beds for LGBT youth will be added to Toronto’s shelter system. As well, two 24-hour drop-ins for women will open in the east and west ends of the city, for a total increase of $7.9 million to the city budget.

This marks a far cry from the spendthrift budgets made under former mayor Rob Ford, who infamously voted against a motionsimply to look into the feasibility of shelter space for LGBT youth.

Joe Mihevc, the councillor for Ward 21 and a member of the community development and recreation committee, says that city staff had begun to recognize the need for greater specialization in the shelter system.

“We know that gay and lesbian youth can be vulnerable in shelters and are sometimes the victims of hate and violence,” Mihevc says.

I Alex Abramovich, a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health who has long advocated for space for the LGBT community in Toronto’s shelters, was thrilled with the news. “I think we have been waiting for a very long time for this,” he says. “We have known about this issue for over 20 years in Toronto.”

According to a report from Covenant House, approximately 2,000 youth are homeless in Toronto on any given night. Further research has found that anywhere from 25 to 40 percent of homeless youth identify as a part of the LGBT community, though Abramovich says that estimate came from a study done roughly 15 years ago. Today, he says, there isn’t much clarity on how many homeless youth are part of the LGBT community because not many services collect that data, making it difficult to track.

In winter, not having a warm place to go can have fatal consequences. Three homeless people have died in Toronto so far in January, reportedly because of exposure to the cold. A fourth man was found dead after rescue personnel were called to a fire in the east end.

The city’s immediate response was to rent motel rooms to create more temporary shelter space. But for the LGBT community, the need for safe space is paramount.

“Something that I’ve discovered in my research is that a lot of shelters are deeply ingrained in a homophobic and transphobic culture,” Abramovich says. There are countless stories of LGBT youth facing discrimination and sometimes violence while staying in shelters.

Mihevc says that once council approves the new shelter space, city staff will put out a request for proposals for a shelter provider this summer. The providers for two 24-hour women’s drop-ins have already been chosen but will not be revealed until after council votes on the budget.

Mihevc adds that services at the drop-in centre would be available to “street-involved women in the sex trade.” He has no firm answer as to whether the drop-ins would be available to trans women but says he thinks they would be.

Last year, city council passed a motion mandating that all shelter staff receive anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia training.

The next step, Abramovich says, is to start putting funding toward long-term solutions, including affordable housing and prevention plans.

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, who tabled a motion in 2013 to start a working group to report on the feasibility of opening a shelter for LGBT youth, tells Xtra that though she thinks it’s great news that more shelter beds may be made available for LGBT youth, there should also be a focus on creating affordable housing in the long term.

“Shelter facilities are not adequate housing,” Wong-Tam says. “It’s not sustainable, and it’s actually very costly for the city in the long run.” She says access to affordable housing for young people, especially in the LGBT community, will allow them to transition out of shelters quicker.

She also expressed reservations about Mayor John Tory’s plan to fund part of the budget with a $200 million “line of credit” offered by the provincial government. “It’s not sustainable,” she says, wondering how the city will continue to offer the same services in following years without asking for more money from the provincial government.

Budget committee meetings and consultations are slated to continue through January and February. City council will vote on the budget March 10.

And here is another article below :

http://www.gaytimes.co.uk/Interact/Blogs.aspx?articleid=13276&sectionid=739

More than £60,000 has been raised for the Albert Kennedy Trust to help homeless LGBT youths

Celebs and lawyers came together last night for the InterLaw Diversity Forum’s winter carnival

Alan Carr, ex-TOWIE star Charlie King and girlband Stooshe were among the celebs helping to raise money at the InterLaw Diversity Forum’s winter carnival last night.

Hosted by Carr and Baroness Scotland – who was the first female attorney general – the event raised more than £60,000 for the Albert Kennedy Trust, thanks to ticket sales, generous donations and a charity auction.

Now in its sixth year, the annual event has raised more than one third of a million pounds for the Albert Kennedy Trust – money which the charity says is greatly needed as demand for its services continues to grow.

The glitzy bash took place at the glamorous Club, at The Ivy, and was also attended by the likes of Cucumber and Banana actors Fisayo Akinade and Dino Fetscher, Little Mix’s Leigh-Ann Pinnock, acclaimed actor Charlie Condou and esteemed Red Hot photographer Thomas Knights.

Speaking at the event, Alan Carr said: “It’s such a great pleasure to relieve a bunch of lawyers of some of their money for a change. Who knew they had hearts?”

Meanwhile, chief executive of the Albert Kennedy Trust, Tim Sigsworth, said: “The winter carnival is the most successful and longest running fundraiser in support of the Albert Kennedy Trust. We’re so proud and grateful to be supported by InterLaw, their sponsors and those who attend.

“This is a life-changing event without which AKT would’ve been unable to meet the challenge of providing 5,000 extra nights off the streets last year for young people facing homelessness, rejection and abuse, just for being brave enough to come out to their parents.”

For more info on the InterLaw Diversity Forum, click here. For more on the Albert Kennedy Trust and how to support the charity, click here.

And this is the good news :

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http://www.advocate.com/politics/politicians/2015/01/26/housing-secretary-juli-n-castro-make-major-announcement-lgbtq-confer

Housing and Urban Development secretary Julián Castro is expected to announce new policies benefiting LGBT citizens at one of the largest LGBT activist gatherings, Creating Change, this February in Denver, the National LGBTQ Task Force told The AdvocateMonday.

“Secretary Castro is a true champion for equality who, while serving as Mayor of San Antonio, signed into law a comprehensive non-discrimination ordinance extending basic rights to LGBTQ people,” Russell Roybal, deputy executive director of external relations at the Task Force, said in a statement Monday. “We are very pleased to be able to work with him and HUD to advance fairness, justice, and equality for LGBTQ people.”

For its part, a HUD spokesman downplayed the possibility of any policy announcement, tellingThe Advocate that Castro will discuss the department’s current policies and the progress being made for LGBT families and individuals.

Previously at Creating Change, former HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the department would implement new policies banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in programs the department funds. The rule prohibited owners and operators of HUD-assisted or HUD-insured housing from inquiring about an applicant or occupant’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Also, lenders offering Federal Housing Administration-insured mortgages cannot discriminate against LGBT people in their borrowing practices and cannot ask about borrowers’ orientation or gender identity. The narrow definition of “family,” sometimes used as a way to discriminate against gay or transgender people in HUD voucher programs, will now not take into account marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

“Enacting a rule is not enough. Training and education are essential to ensuring rules are followed in communities across the country,” Donovan said at the conference. “And so, HUD and its fair housing partners will work to provide guidance and training on the substance of this rule — and the impact it will have for both how we administer HUD programs and also how we enforce our nation’s fair housing laws more broadly.”

Same-sex couples experience discrimination in the online rental housing market, according to a 2013 study by HUD. Additionally, white people who make inquiries about homes are more likely to receive responses from landlords than black and Latino clients, according to the study.

How A New Senate Bill Would Protect LGBT Youth From Homelessness And Trafficking

http://popist.com/s/4462591/

San Francisco is opening up a first-of-its-kind Navigation Center to better move people off the streets and into housing, and will be the first City in America to end chronic homelessness for veterans. Working with Supervisors David Campos and Scott Wiener, San Francisco will fully fund a special shelter for LGBT homeless population

http://californianewswire.com/2015/01/28/CNW23234_125524.php/s-f-mayor-lee-announces-25-6-million-in-u-s-hud-grants-for-homeless-programs-in-san-francisco/

Apartment Adoption Projects starts for homeless Chicago youth

http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Apartment-Adoption-Projects-starts-for-homeless-Chicago-youth/50341.html

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