Young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 fall into a gap in services available to children and older adults. Homeless young adults often have circumstances leading them to homelessness that are drastically different from those of their adult counterparts, and these circumstances require age-appropriate responses that address the unique needs of this subpopulation.
In FY14, MHSA launched a new permanent supportive housing pilot for unaccompanied homeless young adults who identify as LGBTQ. Part of MHSA's larger Home & Healthy for Good program, this 32-unit pilot combines the strengths of low-threshold housing with support services specifically tailored to the needs of LGBTQ young adults. MHSA partners with AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services and Justice Resource Institute for this pilot.