This week SAVE Dade joined the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, The Miami Coalition for the Homeless and several youth service agencies, for an amazing initiative: iCount—the first-ever Miami-Dade County count of unaccompanied homeless youth (between the ages of 13 and 24).
LGBT youth are disproportionately affected by homelessness and represent 20 to 40 percent of all homeless youth. It is an issue on which SAVE Dade must engage in order to effectively advocate on behalf of the LGBT community. Myself and board member Liz Regalado, accompanied by a few indispensable volunteers, spent an entire day out in our community making sure that our homeless LGBTQ youth were heard and represented.
We canvassed southern Dade from 1pm to 10pm, on foot and by car, through public housing, community centers, clinics, malls, and parking lots. Our goal was to survey homeless, unaccompanied, displaced, or runaway youth.
It truly was a beautiful and personally rewarding experience that showed our great power as a community! Join us as we continue to promote, protect,and defend the rights of the LGBT community and fight prejudice in Miami-Dade County at savedade.org/volunteer.