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March 6, 2018
Basic Needs

This month Indiana Youth Group is highlighting a new program that started in February and is designed to help the youth in our community that experience homelessness. Many of the homeless youth in Indianapolis identify as LGBTQ and LGBTQ youth are 120% more likely to experience homelessness in their teen years than their straight peers. One in four LGBTQ youth are turned out of their home when they come out to their family, they are staying with friends, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and many are sleeping in cars or on the street. They do not have a permanent address or a solid network of support. IYG is hoping to be a little more support for them, with the Basic Needs Program.

The Basic Needs Program provides a safe place to shower, do laundry, get new clothes, food, hygiene items, and a hot meal. IYG is also partnering with nonprofits like the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) and Adult and Child to connect these youth to more support mechanisms to get them into shelter, work, education, or a stable home. These services and partnerships are so important to connect this population that may not know where to go or what help is even out there.

The Basic Needs program runs 4-7pm Monday evenings. Indianapolis Public Schools have identified hundreds of youth who go to school and live on the streets. IYG is partnering to get those youth to our center on Monday evenings to get services and food.

It roughly costs $75 a week for the IYG to provide these basic needs. The Daun Fund, a fund of the Indiana Youth Group, has received a match challenge for $1,000 from Paula Susemichel in the month of March for the Basic Needs program. Please help IYG continue to be that safe space for the LGBTQ youth of central Indiana by donating today.

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