2SLGBTQ+ youth face identity-based rejection, discrimination, and abuse causing many to leave home in search of safety. However, due to discrimination at emergency housing locations, children choose the safety of sleeping on the streets.
To help youth with nowhere safe to turn, Blue Door’s INNclusion provides the first safe, stable housing for 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness in York Region.
Recognizing that it is not enough to provide youth with a place to stay, the Youth Peer Support Program provides youth with non-clinical informal mental health support.
When a youth arrives with nothing - feeling unloved and hopeless - the Youth Peer Support Worker is their temporary support network, their guiding star. The Youth Peer Support Worker acts as a wiser older friend, neighbour, or aunt, that one person who understands and cares – building youths’ confidence, boosting youths’ self-esteem, helping youth find their way into permanent housing to live a healthy fulfilling life.
Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation.