About Lucie's Place
Lucie’s Place is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Little Rock working with and assisting LGBT young adults experiencing homelessness in Central Arkansas. Lucie’s Place runs a drop-in center in the heart of downtown Little Rock, where LGBT young adults receive assistance with bus passes, cell phones & minutes, toiletries, clothes, referrals to other programs and case management. Individuals are able to utilize the drop-in center to work on job applications, resumes, continuing education, or as a place to hang out during the day when they have nowhere else to go. For many, this center is the only physical place in town where they can go without fear of discrimination, harassment or violence.
Lucie’s Place also has a four bed home for LGBT young adults experiencing homelessness. Residents live in this home (free of charge) and work on developing the skills necessary for their future independence. These skills include job readiness, money management, cooking and up keeping a living space. For many of us, our parents or guardians taught us these skills. Unfortunately, a majority of Lucie's Place residents did not come from stable households and these skills were never taught. They learn these skills (and many others) in this safe, affirming home. Once residents obtain employment, they make regular deposits into their savings account. Upon leaving the home, residents will have the savings necessary to move into their own living situation and pay the appropriate deposits, utilities, rent, etc. At this point, they will be able to live as stable, independent adults, for the first time in their lives.
Lucie's Place is community funded and relies on this amazing community for support!
Your support changes these LGBT lives, forever!
More information about homeless in the LGBT community
Only 5-10% of the general population identify as LGBT, however 20-40% of the homeless population share this identity. Although equality for LGBT people has come a long way in the past 50 years, harassment and violence (verbal, physical and sexual) are commonly experienced by youth and young adults coming out as LGBT at home. A study found that nearly one-third of homeless youth “left home specifically because of sexual abuse by one of their parents.” Once homeless, many young adults find survival sex necessary (sex in exchange for food, shelter, money, etc). A Canadian study found that LGBT young adults were almost 3 times more likely to engage in survival sex, than heterosexual young adults. A 2009 eight-city study found that “homeless youth and young adults who engaged in survival sex were 4.5 times more likely to have attempted suicide than those who had not engaged in the behavior.”
The cards are stacked against LGBT homeless young adults, not only in large cities such as New York or San Francisco, but in Central Arkansas as well. With your help, LGBT lives can be changed forever in Central Arkansas!