Diversity House is the first transitional living facility in Louisiana and the entire Gulf region with a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) homeless youth. The facility officially opened in February of 2016.
THE NEED FOR DIVERSITY HOUSE
LGBT homeless youth represent up to 40 percent of all young people experiencing homelessness, even though only 7 percent of the entire American youth population identifies as LGBT.* Over 50 percent of homeless LGBT youth have been sexually assaulted, and 62 percent have attempted suicide. This is nearly double the rate of heterosexual homeless youth (32 percent).*
YouthOasis case workers repeatedly saw files for homeless LGBT youth that had no place to go. Disproportionate statistics combined with a lack of services for LGBT youth throughout Louisiana served as the inspiration for Diversity House.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Diversity House's residential program provides individuals between the ages of 16 and 21 with 24/7 case management, which includes housing, job placement, education and counseling. Diversity House can currently serve ten residents in nine apartments, with a common room staffed at all times. This structure gives the residents more autonomy to grow and learn – a truly groundbreaking program.
Diversity House is the latest program developed by Youth Oasis, a Baton Rouge nonprofit specializing in providing support services to at-risk youth. Youth Oasis also runs a children’s shelter that operates as an emergency shelter for at-risk youth between the ages of 10 and 17.