people and community
helping the LGBTQ+ community find housing and feel at home
2 min read | june 22, 2023
Research shows that LGBTQ+ youth are 120% more likely to experience some form of homelessness. Chevron is working to change that.
We’re helping house vulnerable Texans through our support of the Montrose Center, the cultural hub of Houston’s LGBTQ+ community. Its rapid housing initiative has served 233 youths since its inception in 2017.
Michael Garcia, a case manager at the Montrose Center, has witnessed firsthand how the program can change lives.
“The most rewarding part for me is seeing the outcomes,” he said. “It’s not just about helping them find stable housing; it’s about helping them maintain it.”
shelter for youth
As a longtime LGBTQ+ ally, we’ve worked with the Montrose Center since 2020 to connect youth, some of whom have faced discrimination and family rejection, with a safe place to call home.
Along with their own apartment, participants can also access:
- Life skills training and help overcoming challenges
- Support for mental health and substance use disorders
montrose center case manager
welcoming seniors home
The center provides housing assistance for low-income seniors on a sliding scale and includes amenities such as a social services suite and a geriatric primary care clinic.
Angel Rua, a Chevron human resources advisor, said such facilities help LGBTQ+ seniors feel safe and welcome.
“If a lesbian grandmother was taken to live at a retirement home that wasn’t inclusive, it would almost be like forcing her back into the closet,” he said. “It almost regresses you back into that space and it’s really undignified that a senior would have to take those steps backward.”
For Rua, supporting the Montrose Center has been the most satisfying part of his career.
chevron human resources advisor
a foundation for success
One of the most gratifying moments for Garcia is seeing the domino effect that follows once people leave the Montrose Center. They often secure housing, break bad habits and embrace new ones, he said.
“Our work with the Montrose Center speaks to Chevron’s commitment to the community and the belief that nobody should be left out,” he said. “It feels really good to support them.”
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