For Homeless LGBTQ Youth, Simply Having A Phone Can Be Life-Changing.

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

ThinkProgress has published a fascinating series on the state of homelessness in Washington, D.C. According to ThinkProgress there are more than 11,000 homeless people living in and around Washington, D.C. The series is meant to highlight their stories, examining policies and looking at how people bounce back from homelessness. LGBT Tech’s Connect 4 Life program, which has been providing cell phones to homeless gay youth in the Washington D.C. area since 2015 was featured prominently in one of the articles.

The entire series is worth a read but the article highlighting the Connect 4 Life program does a great job of explaining the connection between technology and homelessness by profiling a young homeless woman who has benefitted from the program. Gay youth are a disproportionately large segment of the homeless population and as such face unique obstacles in dealing with homelessness. In Washington, D.C. alone, forty-three percent of hom