A Commitment to Inclusivity

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As partners committed to ending homelessness in our community, we must continually strive to create spaces and places that are safe, welcoming, and supportive for all. For our homeless crisis response system, this means creating shelter spaces and cultivating practices that are trauma-informed and responsive to the needs of the most vulnerable populations, including persons who are transgender or identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, or gender-nonconforming.
This month, as we reaffirm our commitment to supporting equality for all persons, we want to reiterate our system’s mission to creating that supportive and inclusive system. Your Way Home is currently leading an LGBTQ Action Team to identify and recommend ways in which human services systems across the County can be more inclusive to members of this community. Our partners at the HealthSpark Foundation, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Montgomery County LGBT Business Council, Laurel House, Abramson Center for Jewish Life, Valley Youth House, Two Spirit Society, Family Services of Montgomery County, and the Housing Equality Center are working with us to better understand the unmet needs of this community and recommend tangible ways our safety net can improve. We look forward to sharing the results of this Action Team later this year.

All people deserve a safe and stable home, and Your Way Home is committed to making that ideal a reality for every resident in our community.