The Thrive Center, which provides emergency shelter and long-term housing for homeless LGBTQ+ people ages 18-24, just received nearly $910,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which annually provides funding for programs in Bexar County aimed at reducing homelessness.
The young adults they serve have been showing increased anxiety since Gov. Greg Abbott ordered state child welfare officials to launch child abuse investigations into parents who seek gender-affirming care for their transgender kids, said center founder and executive director Sandra Whitley.
While the age group the Thrive Center serves is too old to be investigated by Child Protective Services, their lack of secure housing is all too common. LGBTQ+ young people are 120% more at risk for homelessness than their peers, according to a 2017 study.
Read the full article by Iris Dimmick at the SA Report website here.