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COUNTING THE KIDS | Mike Faenza, president and CEO of the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, said there's
never been a good count of the homeless young people in Dallas, but he hopes results from a survey in Jan-
uary will remedy that. (David Webb/Dallas Voice)
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ceptively average looking because they "don't
"These young people are still going to want to
be presentable and impress people," Williams
said. "They understand appearances are every-
Many still have cell phones because their par-
ents will continue to pay the bills so they can re-
main in contact with them, Williams said.
Curiously, the parents say they are comforted to
know their children are "still alive," apparently
unmindful of the other hazards of life on the
Street, he said.
Williams said they make many of their connec-
tions with young people by handing out cards
with information about Promise House to every-
one they see. Older homeless people will some-
times tip them to where they can locate homeless
young people, he said.
"We try to build a reputation by being at places
at regular times," Williams said. "They eventu-
ally leam they can trust us/'
Once contact is made with homeless youths,
emergency shelter is provided at Promise House
if they want it. Sometimes, a homeless youth will
call them later to say they have decided to take
advantage of the help being offered them.
If the homelessyouths are LGBT, Williams and
Amspoker will refer them to Youth First Texas for
counseling and support.
When a youth enters Promise House, which
can temporarily house 20 people ages 10 to 17
and eight people ages 18 to 21 at a time; every in-
dividual is first offered a meal and a shower, said
Sonja Parkhill, an outreach manager. The staff has
worked with a transgender individual more than
once who has wanted help finding a place to live,
"Some of them wind up on the streets again,"
Parkhill said. "They go to another place, and they
don't make it there and go back on the streets.
Sometimes, they call us and ask if they can come
back. Unless, they've done something that pre-
vents it, they can come back."
One of the resources for homeless young peo-
ple is the City Square Transition Resource Action
Center, or TRAC, which provides transitional
housing for homeless people struggling to be-
come stable. In one program, individuals of the
same sex who are moving toward employment
or full-time schooling are temporarily provided
a private bedroom in a three-bedroom apartment
and food. In another program the individual is
provided with their own one-bedroom apart-
ment for which a Section 8 voucher temporarily
pays for a portion of the rent based on their in-
come. The organization also manages a perma-
nent housing program for disabled people.
Jerry Sullivan, assistant director for TRAC, said
the organization is a safe place for minorities, in-
cluding LGBT people. He also noted that the ma-
jority of young people becoming homeless
appear to be those who are aging out of foster
"In the youth we see on a daily basis that iden-
tify as LGBT I do think the national statistics play
out locally," Sullivan said. "At one point in the
last year we noticed that two-thirds of the youth
we were Serving were LGBT, but that's not al-
ways the case,"
Sullivan noted he met with Resource Center
Dallas officials recently to share information
about what resources.his organization has avail-
able for homeless LGBT youth. Referrals are wel-
come, he said.
"There's a fair amoun t of resources," said Sul-
Cece Cox, executive director and CEO of Re-
source Center Dallas, said it's clear that the num-
ber of homeless LGBT youth is disproportionate
to the general population of youth, and the or-
ganization is dedicated to working with TRAC,
Promise House, Youth First Texas and Metro Dal-
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