We are so excited to announce the opening of a new housing program at Larkin Street that specializes in meeting the needs of transgender youth, the first of its kind in the nation.

Transgender youth are significantly overrepresented in the homeless population and are often the most marginalized, disconnected, and traumatized. These young people need thoughtful support around housing, health care, education, and employment, and to be in a safe space with their peers.

Through an expansion of our Castro Youth Housing Initiative, the new facility can host up to six youth and all rooms, bathroom and common spaces are gender neutral, meaning young people are not forced to choose between binary gender identities in the place they call home. This program not only includes transitional housing and case management, it also creates a community and support network for young people who are transgender.

We are grateful for the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing and the many partners who made this expansion possible. As we look ahead, we are excited to continue to think about how we can expand our services to meet the distinct needs of young people experiencing homelessness.

To learn more about the program, read San Francisco Chronicle’s coverage here.