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Larkin Street is San Francisco's premier nonprofit provider of housing and support services to the estimated 5,700 youth who find themselves without a safe place to call home each year. Since our founding in 1984, Larkin Street has become a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the youth services field, evolving from a single drop-in center on our namesake street to a full spectrum of care that offers 25 programs in 15 distinct sites throughout San Francisco today. These programs provide emergency, transitional and long-term housing opportunities for homeless and marginally-housed youth in addition to essential wraparound support, such as healthcare, employment and education services - all designed to ease their transition into responsible, self-sufficient citizens.
Larkin Street opened San Francisco’s first and only supportive housing program for LGBT youth—the Castro Youth Housing Initiative—in 2004. Since that time, the program has grown to provide 22 units of safe, stable housing for this vulnerable and at-risk population. While the program meets only a fraction of the need in San Francisco, where LGBT youth make up over one-quarter of the nearly 4,000 homeless and runaway youth Larkin Street serves annually, we are proud of our work with these young people.