Ending Homelessness Today — LGBT
The True Colors Forty to None Summit Rocked!
October 02, 2014
Youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) make up just 4 to 10 percent of the youth in the U.S. Yet LGBTQ youth are still overrepresented among the homeless youth population, according to a recent brief by the Urban Institute. In New York City, LGBTQ homeless youth make up 43 percent of the homeless youth population.
And homeless LGBTQ youth are especially vulnerable. They experience higher rates of physical and sexual assault and higher incidences of mental health problems and unsafe sexual behaviors than their heterosexual counterparts. They experience higher rates of physical and sexual assault and higher incidences of mental health problems and unsafe sexual behaviors than their heterosexual counterparts.
Because of the lack of resources available for homeless youth, most LGBTQ homeless youth are unable to access housing and supportive services. And they often must rely on mainstream homeless youth services, rather than LGBT-specific services. Forty to None found that 76 percent of LGBTQ youth received services from mainstream providers.
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Conference Lessons: Building Supports for Homeless Youth
March 04, 2014
As we move on from our National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness, I’ve been reflecting on some of the presentations I saw while in New Orleans. Over the course of the next month, I and other Alliance staff will be discussing some of these presentations for our Conference Lessons series on our blog.
One of the workshops that I attended focused on building supports for youth that extend beyond the time they are in the program. Personally, I find this to be an especially important concept because youth move on from and age out of youth-targeted programs, sometimes quickly. And, helping a youth build a supportive network and long term stability so they don’t become homeless again is a key to any program serving this population. Two of the presentations from this workshop are available online and, for your convenience, we've also embedded them in this blog post.
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LGBT Youth Homelessness, A Quick Look
June 17, 2013
Data on youth homelessness is notoriously lacking. However, we estimate that around 550,000 youth under the age of 25 are homeless and on their own at some point each year. Most of these young people will experience brief episodes of homelessness. Others will experience longer episodes of homelessness and require more significant support.
While it’s still unclear whether youth who identify as LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender) experience episodes of homelessness that are substantially different than their heterosexually-identified counterparts, a preponderance of the evidence clearly indicates that LGBT youth are over-represented in the homeless youth population. A small sampling of recent community-wide surveys of homeless youth in Houston, King County, Hollywood, and Minnesota found that LGB youth ranged from 12 percent to 35 percent of the overall homeless youth populations, while and transgender youth ranged from 1 percent to 7 percent of the homeless youth population.
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LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Simulation
December 26, 2012
Each year the Victory Institute gathers LGBT elected and appointed officials from across the nation for its LGBT International Leadership Conference, where they discuss issues facing the LGBT community. This year I was invited to talk to these decision makers about LGBT homelessness. It was a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the plight of unaccompanied young people and, with such an esteemed group of individuals on hand, the occasion called for something more impactful than a typical PowerPoint presentation.
It was time to roll out the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Simulation that Ed SanFilippo (the Alliance’s Policy Fellow) and I had been developing.
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