Small and Mighty: Proud Haven
The Pittsburgh Foundation, through its Small and Mighty initiative, has awarded $13,000 in project support to Proud Haven, Inc. Since 2014, Proud Haven has provided safe shelter, emotional support and independent living skills for homeless LGBTQ+ youth ages 12 to 24 through a developing network of partners. The Allegheny County YOUth Count survey found that 38 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ+. Proud Haven is one of the only resources for safe housing for this population.
Small and Mighty is part of the Foundation’s 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle, which seeks to ensure that Pittsburghers living at or near the deferral poverty line, specifically single women raising children and youth ages 12 to 24, are provided opportunities to improve their life prospects. Small and Mighty grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations with operating budgets of less than $600,000, including Proud Haven, which operates with an annual budget of $15,000.
This grant will fund a part-time case manager to conduct regular outreach, establish consistent office hours to help youth navigate supportive services and better coordinate with board members to provide housing and social service referrals, transportation subsidies and personal care items. This grant will also support board and staff training on topics such as mental health first aid and comprehensive crisis management.
More information on Proud Haven, Inc. can be found by visiting https://www.proudhaven.org.