GSE will distribute Lyft ride credits to help homeless LGBTQ youth seeking shelter
Garden State Equality is now partnering with Lyft ride services to provide transportation for the LGBTQ community in emergency situations throughout New Jersey. The partnership is part of LyftUp, Lyft’s comprehensive effort to expand transportation access to those who need it most. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Lyft has activated more than 500 LyftUp partners. They include public health entities, local governments, nonprofits and community organizations. They will provide free rides and free delivery of essential goods for vulnerable communities and critical workers.
“We receive calls weekly from young people who have been kicked out of their homes”
Using the GSE designated code in the Lyft app, those in the Garden State Equality network will have access to free rides to and from Essex County RAIN Foundation and other homeless facilities for shelter. It is part of a safety program until the end of the year, “while supplies last,” said a press release from GSE.
“We receive calls weekly from young people who have been kicked out of their homes simply because of who they love or how they identify. This partnership with Lyft will ensure those most vulnerable in our community receive essential services in a reliable way,” said Christian Fuscarino, Executive Director of Garden State Equality.
“In fact, we’ve seen an uptick since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic,” said Fuscarino. “Often, schools are a safe haven for youth with an unsupportive family environment, but with social distancing, families have been spending a lot more time together and tensions can run high. While it’s never acceptable for parents to disown their children, disowning your child during a pandemic is unthinkable. Unfortunately, there are those with hate in their hearts.”
“We want to increase access to transportation for those who need it, particularly to meet their essential needs during this time. By activating LyftUp, we’re able to partner with Garden State Equality to fill mobility needs for LGBTQ community members in need of shelter and support,” said Andrew Woolf, Regional Director, Lyft. “We’re also grateful to all those who drive with Lyft for helping provide rides for those in need.”
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