Washington DC Jewish Community Center

Temporary Dwellings: The Sukkah and Queer Youth Homelessness

Date:
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:
DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Temporary Dwellings:
The Sukkah and Queer Youth Homelessness

Sukkah_of_the_Signs (c)MatthewMcDermott
Sukkah of the Signs (c)Matthew McDermott

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 7:00-8:30 pm
DCJCC (16th & Q)
FREE - RSVP Requested

 

Sukkot commemorates the forty year period when the children of Israel wandered the desert, living in temporary dwellings, searching for a permanent home.

In our city today, LGBTQ youth make up 40% of homeless youth – putting them at significantly higher risk of becoming homeless than their straight peers. Our sukkah reminds us of that time when we also had no stable home, no solid roof overhead.

We’ll hear from speakers who will share with us personal stories, what is going on with this queer youth homeless epidemic, and what we can do to help ensure that today’s wandering children can find safe shelter.

While DC’s LGBTQ Youth Homeless Act, which passed earlier this year, will provide resources to house more LGBTQ youth in the city and improve conditions for these youth, there’s still more to be done to raise awareness and find permanent housing solutions. Our guests will help us understand how we create the security provided by stable walls and a solid roof for the queer homeless youth of our city.

 

Questions?
For more information, please contact GLOE director Halley Cohen at 202-777-3253 or halleyc@washingtondcjcc.org.



 

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