Avenues for Homeless Youth

Homeless gay youth are still prevalent in the Twin Cities area. Avenues for Homeless Youth has been helping homeless youths restart their lives. Their mission has been to provide emergency shelter, short-term housing and supportive services for homeless youth in a safe and nurturing environment. Through such service, Avenues seeks to help youth achieve their personal goals and make a positive transition into young adulthood.

The GLBT Host Home Program provides transitional living arrangements for 10 homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth and young adults ages 16 to 21 in safe, supportive, volunteer host homes.

Raquel (Rocki) Simões has been at Avenues since 2007 and the manager of the GLBT Host Home Program, which she helped start in 1997.