Hope will never be silent.Harvey Milk
What is Harvey House?
Harvey House is a drop-in center, community center, and safe space for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies. We are the first and only LGBTQ+ community center in Northwest Ohio. Find out how you can contribute to the future of someone in need through donations of money and time.
We are working towards ending youth homelessness in Northwest Ohio. We will operate a community center for any youth who need a safe, judgement-free zone to spend time in. We will connect youth with necessary services and provide them with clothing and food. Our focus is primarily on LGBTQ+ youth.
What We Do
- Give sensitivity training
- Present on the topic of youth homelessness
- Help make events inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community
- Offer community service hours
- Present to local GSAs
- Volunteer at your events
- Provide resources for youths and adults
In November 2014, Angela and Kristen received a call from a friend asking where homeless youth or homeless LGBTQ+ individuals would go for assistance. After some extensive research and contacting a few local agencies, they determined that no such place existed. There were several adult shelters (a few that were LGBTQ+ accepting), a couple family shelters, but no shelter for youths or unaccompanied minors. Angela and Kristen reached out to a few places around the country, including the Ali Forney Center in New York City and the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit, before deciding to launch Harvey House. No one was filling the need in Toledo, so they decided to step up to the plate and do the work.