California Panel Addresses State’s Youth Homelessness

One of the issues that California faces is that many young people, especially young LGBT people, face homelessness. According to information presented before a panel hosted by the chairs of the California Senate Human Services Committee and the Assembly Human Services Committee, about a third of all homeless young people in the country are in California. Conservative estimates put that number at 12,000 or more, and around 40 percent of these homeless youth identify as part of the LGBT community.

California Panel Addresses State’s Youth HomelessnessAs many gay and lesbian real estate agents can tell you, housing prices in parts of California are incredibly high. Many neighborhoods in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego have housing prices that are much higher than the national average.

Of course, housing costs are only one thing that makes it difficult for those between 16 and 24 find and retain housing. Many young LGBT individuals are made homeless because they’re kicked out of their homes after coming out. Some of these people actually end up coming to California after losing their place to live in other states. Those who are moving from areas in the south or the Midwest, where the cost of living is much lower are often surprised at what it costs to rent even a very small apartment. They end up on the streets, unable to find work or a place to live.

The panel invited many of these young people and others who were once homeless to discuss the issues the state faces. Many believe that the state hasn’t dedicated sufficient resources to helping these individuals. With so many homeless people in the state, many see it as an issue that needs to be made more of a priority than it currently is.

The panel was held at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, a place where many homeless people come every day for help. The center offers assistance in finding low-income housing, jobs, and other resources. The center often works with local real estate agents and others in the housing market to find homes for those in need.

Many nonprofits have worked with real estate owners and agents in California to create low-income housing to assist LGBT seniors with finding affordable living. This has resulted in many seniors being able to live in a comfortable setting. One solution to the housing crisis many young people are facing may be something similar.

Home Tasks to Do This Fall

Taking care of your home can be a full time task, especially if you do things the wrong time of year. There are actually better times of year to maintain your home when it comes to specific tasks. Do you know when you should buy new appliances, and when you should wait if it isn’t an urgent fix? Most homeowners do not. Here are a few tips on how to keep your home maintained, along with why this time of year is the best.

Buying Appliances is Great for This Time of Year

Home Tasks to Do This FallRight around the end of the year, but before the holiday rush, is when you should seek out new appliances for your home. The stores want to move the models that will be replaced with new versions in the next month or two, and they are more willing to negotiate on prices. So, if you need a new range, fridge, dishwasher, washer, dryer, or other major appliance, now is the time to go buy it.

Make Sure to Clean All Your Windows

The end of the year is an important time to clean your windows. It may not seem like it is that important, but it can actually help you avoid things like seasonal depression. This time of year, we have fewer hours of sun. This means that we need as much natural light as possible. By cleaning the windows, we let more light in and we get the advantage of each minute of natural sunlight possible.

Have Someone Check Your Chimney

It is really important that you have someone come out and check your chimney before the weather hits where you would need to use it. If you have a build up inside your chimney, and it is not inspected and cleaned before you light a fire, it could start your entire chimney on fire. Plus, it could also trap carbon monoxide in your home, which could hurt you or your family. Make sure to have a professional come in to help check your chimney before the cold weather hits. It leaves you and your family in a safer, cozier place.

For more tips on how to maintain your home this fall, contact us here at We can help you with anything from buying or selling a home, to helping you maintain the home you have for years to come.

Cities to Consider if You Want an LGBT Friendly Vacation

Is the thought of an upcoming vacation starting to enter your mind? Perhaps life has just gotten crazy lately, and you simply want a place to go to relax? We can all relate. However, if you want to find a new place to visit that also happens to be LGBT friendly, then that list of places that sound appealing changes slightly. Here are some of the best places to go that also happen to be welcoming to members of the LGBT community.

Let’s Start with Tel Aviv

Cities to Consider if You Want an LGBT Friendly VacationTel Aviv, Israel, is incredibly welcoming to the LGBT community. You can go around and visit some of the most amazing places on earth. Plus, you can partake in many of the pride events that take place around Tel Aviv on a regular basis. There are new sights to see, foods to eat, and cultures to explore.

Berlin is Another Great Destination

If you want to consider going to a unique LGBT friendly location for a vacation, then you may want to look into Berlin. Known for its roots in Cabaret, there are plenty of activities that one could go and enjoy. There are constant parties to attend, mega-events at a lot of the local clubs, and bars that can keep you in touch with the locals who can show you a great time!

If You Want LGBT Friendly, Consider Guadalajara, Mexico

One of the most welcoming cities of Mexico, to the LGBT community, is definitely Guadalajara. You can go there and feel like home, only better! You can go out to nearly any bar or party and feel welcome. Plus, if you want to really get crazy, you can even go and enjoy the weekly underwear party at Voltio!

With a little research, you can easily find a lot of places that will be a lot of fun. Step outside of the box and find something that brings a smile to your face. Do not just go out and have the same old boring vacation. Plan one that will leave you with fond memories that will leave you smiling for years to come. That way, when you go back home, you have pictures to share, and stories to tell all of your friends and family. They will love the fact that you feel so rejuvenated, and you will love the time you spent there!