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LGBT Homeless Youth Summit

By Charlotte Robinson, April 30, 2014

Windy City Times is hosting a summit May 2nd to May 5th on LGBTQ youth in the Chicago region to assess the current issues impacting homeless youth & new solutions to these complex issues. The title of the summit is "Owning Our Lives: Dream It. Speak It. Do It!!" Kim Hunt, Executive Director of Affinity Community Services is the summit's director. Summit host Tracy Baim, Windy City Times Publisher & Founder of the March stated, “Windy City Times wants to bring a public spotlight to these issues, inviting all major & smaller agencies & individuals addressing LGBTQ youth, including youth themselves, to participate in a new way of working together, similar to the diverse & transparent approach to the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality in 2013.” Confirmed speakers are Rep. Greg Harris of the 13th district; LZ Granderson ESPN commentator and CNN contributor; & Jama Shelton, a project director with True Colors Fund; Rev. Jamie Frazier, Lighthouse Church of Chicago; Juliana Harms, Dept. of Children & Family Services; James Cunningham, Housing & Urban Development & John Pfeiffer, Chicago Dept. of Family Support Services. The first two days of the summit will be broken down into general plenary sessions & facilitated workshops focused on areas including: Housing issues (shelters, DCFS, HUD, etc.), public policy (city, county, state, federal), legal issues (emancipation, public safety), education & job training, healthcare access, mental health & substance abuse. The summit has several goals, including: Looking at the complex causes of homelessness, Shining a light on existing work being done, Reporting on the gaps & needs, Listing short-term & long-term strategies & Creating action steps. Updates To Come...:)
For Info & Registration: chicagosummit.lgbthomelessness.com
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