Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, February 17, 2012 Page: 18 of 56
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GETTING THEM BACK ON TRAC | Jerry Sullivan, assistant director for the Transition Resource Action
Center, which provides transitional housing, said at one point in the last year two-thirds of the youth TRAC
was serving were LGBT. (John Wright/Dallas Voice)
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"I bounced around from home to home after f
was kicked out," said Ricky, who hopes to get a
part-time job, graduate from high school, go to
college and become a high school teacher special-
izing in theater. "It has ripped a hole in my fam-
Ironically, Ricky's mother has come out as a
lesbian and lives With another woman. He now
suspects her fears about her own sexual orienta-
tion caused her to be unreasonably harsh with
"I wouldn't want to live with her now, but she
hasn't offered to let me/' said Ricky, who notes
he considers the leaders and other youth at Youth
First Texas to be his family now.
Ricky's plight has become all too common in
today's: society, which seems to be mostly un-
aware of the problems. Every year a new gener-
ation of ages out of foster care and the juvenile
justice system, and an estimated 50 percent wind
up homeless within six months because they
aren't prepared for independent living.
The nation's estimated 1.7 million homeless
and runaway youths come from all socio-eco-
nomic backgrounds and cultures, and it is esti-
mated that 20 percent of them are LGBT,
according to statistics compiled by the National
Coalition for the Homeless. In comparison, the
number of LGBT youths in the general youth
population is estimated at only 10 percent, ac-
cording to the Washington, D.C.-based group.
"If you are an LGBT youth, you are twice as
likely to be homeless as teens in the general pop-
ulation," said Mike Faenza, president and CEO
of the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, "Any-
thing that causes additional challenges to indi-
viduals — stress, stigma, discrimination and
other psychological factors — also impact and
present barriers to stability within the family?
Faenza noted that all homeless people tend to-
become victims of crime at higher rates, but
young people who don't have the guidance of
concerned adults are especially vulnerable.
"They are exposed to people preying on them
and exploiting them," Faenza said. "They come
into contact with people offering to help them,
but they actually are just using them sexually,;
There are serious risks to kids who are homeless',
and it is escalated for kids that have challenges or
are traumatized because they are struggling to
Ricky represents the type of youth that social
workers such as Benjamin Williams and Jessica
Amspoker want to meet and help before they get
involved in self-destructive lifestyles. They are
case managers involved in street outreach for
Dallas-based Promise House.
Williams and Amspoker hit the streets on
Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights looking for
youth who need help. The pair regularly visits
the Cedar Springs entertainment district in Oak
Lawn, as well as places like the Greyhound and
DART stations in downtown Dallas.
On the streets Williams and Amspoker offer
youths protection at Promise House, which pro-
vides temporary emergency shelter for young
homeless people to help them get back in school,
get jobs or even join the military. The social work-
ers travel as a team because the work can be dan-
gerous in that the youths they approach might be
under observation by pimps or drug traffickers.
Amspoker said young people who are home-
less and need help are difficult to track and ap-
proach. Most don't realize there are resources
such as Youth First Texas and other homeless as-
sistance programs available to help them, she
"Every day is different," Amspoker said.
"We're talking about a transient community. It's
a lifestyle where they have to stay on the move.
Where they are staying last week may not be
where they are this week."
Williams said homeless youths are often de-
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