The Los Angeles City Controller’s Office has released an interactive map with resources for homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth.
Users can identify organizations in the Southern California area that offer housing, health resources, education programs, scholarships, legal services, nutrition assistance and other services through colored squares that show their locations on the map.
When you click on a square, the name of the organization is shown as well as its category (health, housing, youth program etc.), address, phone number and email address.
According to the LA Controller’s latest estimate’s on Tuesday, “at least 8,900 people age 24 and under experience homelessness in Los Angeles County on any given night” and up to 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ.
“The homelessness crisis gripping our region spans the spectrum of age, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation and expression, but is particularly difficult for LGBTQ youth,” City Controller Ron Galperin told NBC4 News. “That is why I believe it is so critical to connect LGBTQ youth with social services and community resources, not just to get them the assistance they need today but to put them on a path toward a better future.”
Access LA Controller’s interactive map here.