Q-BLOK is a housing initiative designed to help youth, ages 18-25 who are LGBT-Identified
Q-BLOK is a collaborative housing initiative organized through Pathfinders, Lad Lake, and the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center. The program is designed to assist young adults, aged 18-25, who are LGBT-identified, at imminent risk of becoming homeless, and entering adulthood ill-equipped to achieve successful independence and self-sufficiency due to their histories of running away, homelessness, and family rejection. The program provides critical services that include supportive housing and financial assistance, and case management support, in addition to education, employment, and independent living skills development.
Q-BLOK provides these services with ongoing family support from adult community members in order to address youths’ need for family support and guidance. Pathfinders is actively recruiting volunteers who are willing to “sponsor” a young person and provide them with a positive, affirming, and healthy “family” able to offer support, encouragement, and guidance. Individuals and families interested in sponsoring a young person, please click here for more information.
In order to promote needed systems and societal change, Q-BLOK also provides education to the broader community as to the nature and extent of the problems experienced by LGBT-identified young adults specific to exploitation, homelessness, family rejection and ongoing hate-based violence against LGBT young people. Since its initiation in 2009, over 70 young adults have received services through Q-BLOK.
In 2012, 21 young adults participated in Q-BLOK, and 85% successfully maintained permanent housing.