A National Approach to Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Homeless Youth


National Alliance to End Homelessness

Solutions Brief | April 10, 2009

Files: PDF | 140 KB | 2 pages

This two-page fact sheet provides an overview of the prevalence and experience of LGBTQ youth, causal factors, and risks to LGBTQ youth while homeless. It also highlights a reform agenda to end homelessness for LGBTQ youth, which includes:

  • Broadening community awareness of the prevalence and causes of homelessness for LGBTQ youth;
  • Engage LGBTQ adults and allies in building local advocacy networks to expand services, shelter, and housing for LGBTQ homeless youth;
  • Secure increased public investment from local, state, and federal government in services, shelter, and housing for homeless LGBTQ youth; and
  • Improve the cultural competency of local services, shelter, and housing to meet the needs of LGBTQ homeless youth.

The brief also makes the following best practice recommendations for:,

  • Youth-serving professionals, case workers, and advocates
  • Administrators and supervisors
  • Improving residential services

Click here to download the full brief.