In participation of A Way Home America’s Grand Challenge, Larkin Street’s Youth Advisory Board shares why San Francisco is committed to centering the experiences of youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth in the the work to end youth homelessness.

We are so thrilled to share that in September, A Way Home America (AWHA) selected San Francisco for its Grand Challenge, which aims to end homelessness for LGBTQ+ youth and youth of color. Over the next two years, AWHA will support San Francisco and nine other chosen communities in developing targeted strategies to address youth homelessness in their areas.

The method of AWHA’s Grand Challenge is based on the theory of “Targeted Universalism,” meaning that if communities focus on meeting the needs of populations most impacted by youth homelessness – LGBTQ+ youth and youth of color – they can build a system that meets the needs of all young people who experience homelessness.

Congratulations to San Francisco’s Grand Challenge “Ride or Die” Team, including Larkin Street staff and youth, who led the charge locally to participate in this exciting nationwide effort to end youth homelessness