Youth in Crisis Ages 10-17

"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. "
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Safe and Supported

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) youth are dramatically over-represented in the homeless youth population.

Safe and Supported is a community project with the goal of preventing and ending LGBTQ youth homelessness in Hamilton County, Ohio. This project began out of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative, led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Safe and Supported is implementing strategies to make sure every LGBTQ has the housing, resources, and connections to thrive.

Click on any of the programs titles below to find out more information.

Host Home Program

The Host Home Program matches LGBTQ young adults experiencing housing instability with volunteers that are willing to open their homes and hearts while the young adult works towards self-sustainability.

LGBTQ Cultural Competency Training

Our training is offered free to youth-serving organizations in Hamilton County, Ohio to help make sure that wherever LGBTQ youth go for care, they feel welcomed and affirmed. Safe and Supported also offers technical assistance to organizations wanting to update policies, forms, or how their organization works with LGBTQ young people.

Safe and Supported Families

Safe and Supported Families is a workshop for families that aims to equip family members with the knowledge, skills, and resources to better understand and support the LGBTQ young person in their life.

Resource Guides & UPZ App

Our resource guides and UPZ mobile app are designed to quickly connect both young people and adults with LGBTQ-affirming resources in the community.  Our guides are updated regularly with welcoming mental health providers, faith communities, social groups, and more.