Aqua Foundation for Women (AQUA) has awarded The Alliance for LGBTQ Youth a $30,000 grant to support its pilot Rapid Rehousing Program for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness – the only program of its kind in the community that will be uniquely targeted to serve our young people.
“While we wish there was no longer a need for such programs, the sad reality is the need is still great. Thanks to generous donors, AQUA can financially support strong organizations like The Alliance in their innovative work to serve this vulnerable population,” says AQUA’s Managing Director Robin Schwartz.
The Alliance for LGBTQ Youth’s Executive Director Pauline Green states “The Aqua Foundation grant award will allow us to provide much needed financial support to cover rent and the initial costs of entering into a lease and will also fund essential support services to ensure our LGBTQ young people get connected to employment, education, mental- and primary-health services, and develop the skills to budget and manage a household.
“We want to get our youth into housing and ensure they never again experience homelessness.”
Aqua Foundation for Women
Aqua Foundation for Women serves lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women in South Florida through scholarships, mentors, grants, and initiatives. In 2013 AQUA began the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Initiative to combat youth homelessness and support those at risk of homelessness.
The initial grant was to provide funding to The Alliance for LGBTQ Youth and Pridelines to start a program that would eventually be known as Project Safe. Together with The LGBTQ Projects Fund at the Miami Foundation and Our Fund, $100,000 was awarded as seed funding. AQUA continued to fund this cause for the next two years and is doing so again in 2018.