CHIL Celebrates Pride Month!
Covenant House Illinois is committed to ensuring that all young people facing homelessness are welcomed and feel safe at CHIL, especially young people who identify as LGBTQ+.
That’s because LGBTQ+ youth experience a much higher risk of homelessness than their peers, and, once on the street, they face additional hardships because of stigma and discrimination.
In the United States, LGBTQ+ youth are more than twice as likely to experience homelessness as their non-LGBTQ+ peers. And, while LGBTQ+ youth make up only 7% of the total U.S. youth population, they comprise an astounding 40% of all young people experiencing homelessness, according to a recent study from Chapin Hall.
“No matter what our youth are facing in their personal lives, each one is welcomed with open arms by caring intake staff ready to help, providing support and encouragement to work toward their goals” – Mads Campbell, Youth Development Coordinator.
Not only in the month of June but throughout the year, CHIL provides art therapy, group presentations and discussions celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. Learn more about our programs here