Welsh Minister for Finance and Local Government, Rebecca Evans MS, recently made a significant visit to Tŷ Pride in Rhyl, Wales. This ground-breaking project, established through a unique collaboration between Denbighshire County Council, homeless charity Llamau, and the West Rhyl Young People’s Project's Viva LGBTQ+ team, is dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ young people who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness. Tŷ Pride is the only LGBTQ+ specified supported living initiative in Wales and has been making a significant impact since its launch in 2019.

A Critical Need:
Tŷ Pride addresses a pressing issue in Wales - LGBTQ+ youth homelessness. Alarming research has highlighted the increased vulnerabilities faced by LGBTQ+ young people, including family rejection, abuse, family breakdown, and stigmatization. These factors contribute directly and indirectly to their elevated risk of experiencing homelessness and suffering from poor mental health.

A Lifeline for Vulnerable Youth:
Tŷ Pride provides a safe, non-judgmental, and inclusive space for young LGBTQ+ individuals facing homelessness. Residents embark on a program of intense life skills within a supportive and accepting community of peers who understand the challenges, stigma, and discrimination they have faced. With nearly 50 young people referred to Tŷ Pride from across Wales, the demand for this service is evident.

Impressive Outcomes:
The Tŷ Pride partnership has supported ten young people since its inception, with four now living independently, thriving in their new homes. Three residents remain at Tŷ Pride, and three have successfully returned to live with their families. These outcomes demonstrate the positive impact of this project on the lives of LGBTQ+ youth.

Support and Recognition:
The visit by Minister Rebecca Evans MS underscores the commitment of the Welsh Government to inclusivity and support for LGBTQ+ individuals facing homelessness. Tŷ Pride stands as a beacon of hope, exemplifying how collaboration and innovation can create positive change in the lives of vulnerable youth.

Tŷ Pride in Rhyl is a shining example of what can be achieved when organizations, charities, and government bodies come together to support a marginalized community. By providing a safe haven for LGBTQ+ youth facing homelessness, this initiative is making a real difference in the lives of young people who need it the most. As it continues to thrive, Tŷ Pride sets the standard for similar projects across Wales and beyond.