Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, February 17, 2012 Page: 21 of 56
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Homeless youth resources
• Youth First Texas
• Promise House
• City Square TRAC
• Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance
• North Texas Youth Connection
• City House, Piano
YOUTH, From Previous Page
las Homeless Alliance to address the issue. More
attention needs to be raised about the problem of
homelessness among LGBT youth, she said.
Over the years Resource Center Dallas leaders
have provided cultural competency training to
law enforcement personnel, Texas Alcoholic Bev-
erage Commission agents and others who might
come into contact with homeless LGBT youth,
Cox said. But there needs to be more education
about LGBT youth and their increased risks of be-
coming homeless she said.
"There hasn't been a voice in the past, and
we're bringing that issue to the table," Cox said.
"If Dallas is addressing homelessness, they cer-
tainly need to include the issufeof LGBT youth."
Faenza, of Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance,
said there has never before been a good count of
the homeless young people in Dallas, but he
hopes the one that occurred in late January will
remedy that. The documentation is needed to get
more resources dedicated to young people, he
"We're trying to develop political wilt," said
Faenza, who has been involved in social work for
more than three decades. "We need to do more
Faenza said there are many ways that the
LGBT community can get involved in helping
homeless LGBT youth. Anyone who is aware of
a homeless LGBT youth should refer them to any
of the agencies working With homeless youths.
People can also get involved by becoming ed-
ucated about the issue and volunteering to help
with advocacy, Faenza said. Speakers are avail-
able to attend gatherings such as small receptions
to discuss the issue, he said.
For people who have the room and time to
give, temporary housing is also needed for
youths, Faenza said.
"We need help," Faenza said. "We need people
to get involved. That would be wonderful, and
there is a world of things that can be done. We
would love to talk with anyone who is interested
in helping." ■
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