Creative Community Responses to LGBTQ Youth Homelessness
Youth experience homelessness due to lack of affordable housing, poverty, systemic failure and mental health issues. Others become homeless because of rejection due to their identity. Forty percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. The Host Home model is a community response to youth homelessness. It offers an intimate approach to providing LGBTQ youth with homes and support.
Ryan Berg, ConneQT Host Home Program Manager, joined Avenues for Homeless Youth in November of 2013 as a Youth Counselor. He was promoted to Program Manager of the Minneapolis and Suburban Host Home Program in 2014, then became Program Manager for the new ConneQT Host Home Program in spring of 2016. Before coming to Minnesota, Ryan was a residential counselor and case manager for LGBTQ youth in foster care in New York City. In addition to youth work, Ryan is a published author, focusing on the crossroads between youth, poverty, sexuality, race, homelessness and health. His book about LGBTQ youth homelessness and foster care, No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions, was published by Nation Books and won a Minnesota Book Award in 2016. Ryan holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Hunter College. Email Ryan: email@example.com
Suggested audience: High school students and adults