Author and speakers to discuss homeless LGBT youth at Jan. 30 Minneapolis event

A discussion of homeless LGBT youth will be held in Minneapolis Jan. 30, with a reading by author Ryan Berg from his book, “No House to Call My Home.”

State Sen. Scott Dibble and representatives of agencies that help at-risk youth also will speak at the 3 p.m. event at Shir Tikvah Congregation, 1360 W. Minnehaha Pkwy. Tickets are $25.

Berg is a caseworker in a group home for disowned LGBT teenagers. His book chronicles “their efforts to break away from dangerous sex work and cycles of drug and alcohol abuse, and, in the process, to heal from years of trauma.”

Berg said the challenges faced by the youth he works with “would send most adults into a mental collapse. Yet they soldier on, imbued with a belief that a better life is out there, no matter how bleak their pasts have been.”

Also at the event, advocates will announce a pilot project to address the problem with three interventions: Family Reconnection, Short-Term Host Homes, and Rapid Rehousing, which they hope will “effectively engage at-risk young people and end youth homelessness.”

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