NEST Presentation: Collaborative to Prevent LGBTQ Youth Homelessness (HarrisCo)

Mission:   NEST is a collaborative of Houston/Harris County community stakeholders charged with preventing and ending homelessness for adolescents and young adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or those who are questioning their sexual or gender identity, by 2020.

Goals:   This community commits to a coordinated service delivery model that is data‐driven
and utilizes recognized best practices. The collaborative will expand knowledge and
inform strategies in Harris County to:

– Prevent homelessness for LGBTQ youth at‐risk or experiencing homelessness, and
– Intervene early to prevent episodic and chronic homelessness among LGBTQ youth.

Objectives:   (1)Facilitate better local collaboration; (2)Improve identification of LGBTQ youth
at‐risk; (3)Identify, coordinate, & improve policies & interventions; (4)Reduce homelessness among LGBTQ youth; and (5)Inform national strategies