An estimated
20-40% of all homeless youth
identify as LGBTQ

The Facts

78% of LGBTQ youth were removed or ran away from their foster placements as a result of hostility toward their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

When compared to non-LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, LGBTQ youth:
When compared to non-LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, LGBTQ youth:
Are physically and sexually assaulted on average 7 times more than non-LGBTQ youth.
Leave home an average of 12 times as compared to 7 times for non-LGBTQ youth.
Commit suicide at higher rates (62%) than non-LGBTQ youth (29%).

About Us

In 2013, The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth and Pridelines created Project SAFE (Safe Accommodations for Everyone) to address the compounded needs of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness in Miami-Dade County, providing targeted services and resources specifically designed to be affirming, inclusive, and holistic.

Project SAFE provides

LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness under 24 years-old with:

  • Access to safe and supportive shelter through our
    housing partners or our pilot HOST HOME PROGRAM
  • Holistic care coordination to address the individualized
    needs of each young person
  • Referral services for HIV testing, substance abuse,
    medical needs, educational support, etc.
  • Transportation assistance
  • Emergency meal assistance
  • Family support as appropriate
  • Ongoing advocacy with service providers to ensure safety


Project SAFE is dedicated to increasing the LGBTQ knowledge base amongst homelessness and social service agencies across Miami-Dade County, and provides cultural competency trainings and technical assistance.

To learn more about Project SAFE,
to refer a young person who is in need of our support, or to schedule LGBTQ homelessness trainings at your agency,

Please contact:
Landon "LJ" Woolston
LGBTQ Homeless Service Liaison
305.299.8488 •


To provide safety and respite for youth experiencing homelessness and to strengthen their capacity to flourish as healthy members of our community.

Non-traditional housing options need to be made available in order to more effectively serve youth who are most often underserved: male-assigned youth over age 18, youth of color, and trans-identified youth. In an effort to close the gap for the most challenging communities to secure safe shelter for, Project SAFE created the Host Home Program.

The Host Home Program is a transformative, grassroots effort, empowering our whole community -- not only providing shelter, but also working together to circumvent the oppressive systems that lead to homelessness.

While there are many unknowns when it comes to housing LGBTQ youth and building community, we recognize it takes trust, hope, vulnerability, communication, healthy boundaries, and flexibility. We need our community to help make the Host Home Program a success. Together we can change the lives of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness!

Be part of this powerful program by sharing your home and your life. Become a HOST and help us create a
stronger, healthier community. To learn more about the Host Home Program, contact

Tracey Carswell, Host Home Coordinator •