Nationwide, 7% of the general population identifies as LGBTQ.
Yet nearly 50% of young adults experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ.
If the over-representation of LGBTQ young adults within the homeless community scares you as much as it does us, you’re in the right place.
For far too many LGBTQ young adults, homelessness becomes a way of life as individuals experience rejection from their families due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. At an age when acceptance matters most, they’ve been let down by every supposed support system: Family. Church. School.
We know this is a problem. Young adults, skipping from shelter to shelter, forced to conceal their identities; their beliefs; their values. But so many forget to ask the real question: What’s next?
At Lucie’s Place, your support gives young LGBTQ adults experiencing homelessness in Central Arkansas the stability they need to make forward progress possible.
Founded in 2012, Lucie’s Place is a 501(c)3 that serves as the state’s only LGBTQ-specific shelter, and one of only a very few in the South.
Lucie’s Place has one mission: To ensure lifelong acceptance, stability, and success for LGBTQ young adults experiencing homelessness in Central Arkansas.
Only with your support, we’re able to provide three essential services for our members, ages 18-25: safe living environments, job training, and counseling services.
Each year since its opening in 2015, 50-70 LGBTQ young adults receive life-saving services and support at our drop-in center in the heart of downtown Little Rock. Visitors are provided bus passes, cell phones & minutes, toiletries, clothes, case management, counseling, and HIV testing, free of charge, and are encouraged to stay to work on job applications, resumes, continuing education, or, sometimes most importantly: just to hang out when they have nowhere else to go. For many, Lucie’s Place is the only physical place in town where they can go without fear of discrimination, harassment or violence.
Thanks support from this amazing community, Lucie's Place owns a home with 8 beds, specifically for LGBTQ young adults who need a place to stay! Residents can take advantage of a safe, affirming home with full living expenses covered while we support them in developing skills for future independence, such as job readiness, money management, cooking, and upkeeping a living space as they continue their education or seek employment.
Central Arkansas isn’t known to be friendly to the LGBTQ community. Thanks to your support, this is changing.
But none of this would be possible without YOU, the amazing community of supporters surrounding us.
Lucie’s Place receives no city, state, or federal funding. Everything we’ve accomplished has been made possible by you and this incredible community’s support. Because of you, LGBT young adults in our community are empowered to stay and, eventually, give back in their own way.
And while a lot of ground has been covered so far, there’s still so much to be done.
The Lucie’s Place community is actively working toward many goals. The first: Increase our drop-in center hours to be 24/7 with emergency beds. The second: Increase our ability to house members around Little Rock.
The third: Through all of it, continue giving LGBTQ young adults a place where they don’t have to stay hidden. Where acceptance isn’t a question; it’s a given. Where members can proudly claim their identity, and be their true selves.
Because of your support, LGBTQ young adults experiencing homelessness in Central Arkansas the answer to What’s next?
Will you join us?
Support LGBTQ young adults, today!