Interim housing for homeless LGBTQ youth coming to Indiana

Posted at 2:50 PM, Apr 01, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Advocates say Indiana's first transitional home for homeless LGBTQ teens and young adults may not be large enough to meet demand.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Trinity Haven will open in Indianapolis this summer. The former Airbnb property in Maple Fall Creek will initially be able to house 10 youths between the ages of 16 and 21. Organizers hope the property will eventually accommodate 15. Youths will be allowed to live there for up to two years.

Chris Paulsen, a Trinity Haven board member, says so many LGBTQ youths need help that they could fill 20 homes of this size.

Board chair Leigh Ann Hirschman says Trinity Haven aims to prevent chronic homelessness among young people who have been rejected by their families when they come out.