This event is a panel session involving four experts deeply involved in the creation of successful programs and facilities in New York City and across the country to address the needs of homeless youth, a disproportionate number of whom identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and/or questioning. Perspectives include policy and program obstacles to creating safe-spaces, rehabilitation and support resources, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, LGBTQ youth needs, financing obstacles for steady provision of services and safe-spaces, and the value of networking to find creative solutions to this epidemic across the country.
Where do LGBTQ youth homeless centers and programs exist? Which have been successful in their mandates to address this epidemic? What special needs do they cater to at their facilities that make them unique? Did they encounter planning obstacles in the run-up to their creation? What are the operational tenets for successful programming? How can this HIV/AIDS at-risk population be supported? What can planners learn about serving this demographic in their communities? As an exceptionally large transient population, why is this problem continuing to grow with so few services, facilities, and amenities available? In raising awareness, what solutions are possible to curb this epidemic? How can planners facilitate in a process toward solving this problem?
Light refreshments will be served after the event.
Panel Discussion Co-Sponsored by: APA’s NY Metro Chapter, National Gays & Lesbians in Planning Division, and Bronx Museum of the Arts.
Lewis Fidler, former NYC Council Member
Sherrise Palomino, BronxWorks
Scott A. Kramer, LCSW
Jama Shelton, 40-to-None Project Director, True Colors Campaign
Ross Savedge, GALIP Division, Moderator
D OR B TRAINS to the 167 STREET STATION. Exit at rear of station, walk south along Grand Concourse two blocks.
PLEASE NOTE: D Train stops all times except rush hours peak direction (6:15 am - 9 am to Manhattan, 4 pm - 6:45 pm from Manhattan). Take B Train at 145 St. to 167th St./ Grand Concourse.
4 TRAIN to the 161 STREET/YANKEE STADIUM STATION. Walk east three blocks to the Grand Concourse, then, walk north four blocks along Grand Concourse to 165th St.