Did you know that an estimated 40% of the homeless youth in America identify as LGBTQ+?

LGBTQ+ community members are at a disproportionate risk of homelessness, which makes the need for inclusive, understanding housing advocacy & health services agencies even more important. Safe, accessible housing is a critical Social Determinant of Health, and by supporting housing resources and services, Vizient aims to better health outcomes in the communities where we live, work and serve.

In 2023-2024, Vizient supported the following organizations through grants, in-kind donations, and volunteerism to bolster access to health and housing services for individuals who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community.

See how our organization supports health and housing services across the U.S.

AIDS Services of Dallas – Dallas. AIDS Services of Dallas provides housing and supportive services for low-income and formerly homeless men, women, children and families living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS. In addition to housing services, they also offer a Medical Case Management program which is available to residents 24 hours on weekdays and weekends for emergency referrals, counseling and crisis intervention.

Family Gateway – Dallas. Family Gateway provides stability and inclusive, life-changing supportive services to families with children experiencing or near homelessness in Dallas and Collin Counties in Texas. They are the lead agency in addressing family homelessness in Dallas and serve as the entry point for families seeking assistance. Their definition of family is inclusive and their services are transformative for clientele.

Night Ministry – Chicago. Night Ministry provides human connection, housing support and health care to community members who are unhoused or experiencing poverty. Their programs include a youth housing program, The Crib, which offers award-winning, LGBTQ-competent services to the young people it serves.

Ignite – Chicago. Ignite offers a comprehensive continuum of services to young people between the ages of 14 to 26 who are unstably housed or experiencing homelessness. Beyond meeting youth's immediate needs, their services provide youth with all the tools and support for success: stable housing; access to employment and education opportunities; primary and mental health care; lasting connections with caring adults and the skills to live a healthy and independent life.

Urban Peak – Centennial, Colo. Urban Peak ignites the potential in youth to exit homelessness and create self-determined, fulfilled lives.

Covenant House – Oakland, Calif. Covenant House provides housing and supportive services to youth facing homelessness. They help young people transform their lives and put them on a path to independence.

During Pride month, I intentionally set time aside to support our LGBTQ+ employees, allies and our community at large. While I serve as the Pride@Vizient DNA executive sponsor and an ally year-round, this is a great time for me to also share learning moments with my two kids by attending our local Pride event and supporting our Vizient presence.
Bharat SundaramPresident, Data and Digital, and Pride@Vizient executive sponsor
For me, Pride Month has become a time to celebrate all the accomplishments the LGBTQ+ community has achieved and enjoy happy times with family and friends.”
Michael DeSimoneDirector, Strategic Sourcing Programs and Partnerships, and Pride@Vizient chair