Thomson Reuters Foundation News highlights how the spread of COVID-19 is affecting young people experiencing homelessness who identify as LGBTQ+. Even though Larkin Street has been able to continue services in the midst of this global pandemic, other shelters across the country have been forced to shut down to follow safety precautions over social distancing.
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Some LGBT+ homeless centers in the U.S. have started to move some services online, including case management, educational and career support and behavioral counseling.
Sherilyn Adams, executive director of Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco, a nonprofit that offers housing programs for LGBT+ homeless youth, said homeless LGBT youth would struggle in social isolation or loss of a community.
“Places to gather, places to see peers are important – especially for young people. We want those things to sustain or come back, whenever that can happen safely,” said Adams.