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Mayor Faulconer to encourage LGBTQ-friendly congregations to open their doors to homeless individuals

About 40 percent of homeless youth identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender and they face unique challenges when seeking supportive services.
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As part of a multi-pronged strategy to address the homeless crisis, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer will join Interfaith Shelter Network and San Diego Pride to convene a summit Monday to encourage LGBTQ-friendly congregations to open their doors to homeless individuals.

Mayor Faulconer will be asking faith leaders to become part of the Interfaith Shelter Network – a program that uses churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other houses of worship to shelter homeless individuals as they transition to permanent housing.

“There are many reasons people become homeless so we need to create a variety of solutions to get people back on their feet,” Mayor Faulconer said. “We know there are a number of LGBTQ individuals who are experiencing homelessness and they need our help. That’s why we’re asking LGBTQ-friendly congregations who understand their needs to join our care network and provide a temporary place for them to begin turning their lives around.”

Monday’s summit aims to educate, encourage and provide tools for congregations to help homeless individuals as they work toward permanent housing. Dozens of faith leaders are expected to attend.

About 40 percent of homeless youth identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender and they face unique challenges when seeking supportive services.

The Interfaith Shelter Network is a group of congregations that are welcoming and affirming to the LGBTQ community while providing them a safe place to turn their lives around.

This effort is in line with Mayor Faulconer’s “Connect, Support, House” strategy to reduce homelessness.

The goal is to connect individuals to the regional care network, support them with services to get their lives back on track and guide them into permanent housing.