Hours: Program by referral only
Contact: Youth Resource Centers – Phoenix: (602)462-5611  Tempe: (480)966-2036
Population served: START – Homeless young adults ages 18 – 25.  They may be pregnant or parenting.

GreenHouse Project:  Homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) ages 18 – 25.

START Program at Tumbleweed Center for Youth DevelopmentSTART (Supported Transitional Apartments, Resources and Training) provides housing subsidy and assistance to homeless young adults. The program helps them develop their independent living skills and obtain other resources while subsidizing their rent. Tumbleweed strives to offer a diverse array of housing programs to meet the unique needs of each participant. 

Participants will work with a case management team that will assist each individual or young family in designing their personalized goals and strategies necessary to become self-sufficient. 

Through assessment, participants and families will enter into a housing and support system that can vary by length of stay, intensity of case management, curriculum and location. 

Current Program Goals:

Through the support of their case managers and encouragement of each other, to create a safe and supportive environment for these young adults to face and overcome their challenges in becoming successful and productive citizens

START Program at Tumbleweed Center for Youth DevelopmentClient Quote:

“Without START I did not know where to go. They were the compass to get me moving in the right direction. The finishing point: my life.”
– Client, START

Green House is a secondary project assignment with additional support services available to LGBTQ youth served in any START component.  Eligibility is determined by the START Component.

Tumbleweed will provide a transitional housing program that will teach the skills necessary for independent living while affording homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) 18-25 years old a safe, temporary living environment.

The name of the GreenHouse Project was chosen for two reasons:

FIRST.... our youth are the future of our community, needing to be cultivated with support for their growth.

SECONDLY... we do this to honor Maurice Green, a former participant of 1n10 whose violent and tragic murder we hope to never forget and never have repeated.

GreenHouse Project at Tumbleweed center for Youth Development in Phoenix, AZLGBTQ youth often internalize negative societal Messages regarding sexual orientation and suffer from self- hated as well as from social and emotional isolation. They may use substances to manage stigma and shame, to deny same – sex sexual feelings, and/or as a defense against ridicule and violence.

 In one nationwide survey, over 84 % of LGBTQ students reported verbal harassment at school. Over 39 % of all gays, lesbian, and bisexual youth reported being punched, kicked or injured with a weapon at school because of their sexual orientation while 55% of transgender youth reported physical attacks because of their gender identity or gender expression.

Many LGBTQ youth report relying on television to learn what it means to be lesbian or gay. In one study, 80 % of these youth ages 14 to 17 believed media stereotypes that depicted gay men as effeminate and lesbians as masculine. Half believed that all homosexual people were unhappy.

The green house project gives LGBTQ youth a safe place to live, positive messages about who they are and positive role models to assist them in learning to love themselves and find success and self sufficiency.

N'Touch April 2009 GreenHouse Project Article

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The Greenhouse Project (and its first Client) have been been featured in a full page article in APRIL'S EDITION of N’Touch Magazine!  

These magazines. can be found for free at a number of LGBTQ friendly boutiques, churches,cafes, stores etc.

THANK YOU N'Touch for telling our story!

  GreenHouse Project & START needs list ......

Apartment items: (for clients moving into new apartments):GreenHouse Project at Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development in Phoenix, Arizona
Pots, pans, can openers, cutting boards, knives, plates, cups, silverware, cooking spoons, kitchen/bath towels, shower curtains/liners, trash cans /bags, furniture: couch, love seats/chairs, night stands, dining tables etc.

  • School supplies:  notebooks, folders, pens/pencils, backpacks
  • Bus passes (for clients to get to and from work/school)
  • Target / Walmart gift cards
  • Beds and bedding (sheets/comforters/blankets/pillows)

Volunteer Opportunities:

Guest Speakers – We are looking for volunteers to facilitate various groups or projects for young adults on independent living skills such as banking/budgeting, job/employment search and interview, cooking/baking, goal setting and art/crafts. Groups meet every Thursday evening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in central Phoenix. The group or project should fit within this three hour time frame but could span more than one group if necessary.