The DC Center for the LGBT Community Youth Working Group and the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates has submitted a letter in response to the proposed LGBTQ Homeless Youth Act (B19-1012). The letter outlines seven areas we would like to see the bill address. The letter states in part:
We as a community lack capacity to meet the most basic need of nighttime safety for every youth that gets thrown to the curb--and we fall particularly short for those who are sexual minorities. DC has no dedicated shelter beds for gay young people needing emergency respite. We do have an 8-bed transitional living home run by Transgender Health Empowerment, but, tellingly, it is always at capacity. It is also not designed to be an emergency shelter. In light of the data, and our duty to provide safe referrals to this city's youth, The DC Center will be submitting a petition asking the DC Council to create 20 additional beds for homeless youth. This petition has approximately 750 signatures.
A city council hearing on homeless LGBT youth will take place November 19th at 10:00 AM. Members of the Youth Working Group will testify, including the Youth Working Group Chair, Eddy Ameen.
About our Youth Working Group Chair Eddy Ameen
For two years, Eddy Ameen served as executive director of StandUp For Kids - Miami, a homeless youth service and advocacy program. In 2011, his tenure with the program was profiled in The Huffington Post. He now serves as Assistant Director of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), addressing the internship match crisis and advocating for the needs of minority students and the future of the profession.