The National Resource Center is a service of the federal Children’s Bureau.
The toolkit is a collection of information to help improve service delivery, youth engagement, cultural competency and awareness of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.
The toolkit states:
In 1999, more than 1.6 million youth under the age of 18 ran away from home or were kicked out of their home in the United States. Most of them (68%) were between the ages of 15 and 17, and 81% stayed away from home for 24 hours or more. In statistics reported for 2005-2006, more than 1.5 million children under the age of 18 were homeless.
The National Network for Youth estimates that 20-40% of all homeless youth are LGBTQ.2 Given that LGBTQ youth comprise less than 10% of the general youth population (ages 15- 21), they are overrepresented in the RHY population. This suggests that 300,000-600,000 homeless youth may identify as LGBTQ.
Need for LGBTQ-specific resources for RHY service providers/practitioners Given the disproportionate number of LGBTQ RHY, service providers must be prepared to work with them. Meeting the needs of this population begins with an understanding of their unique circumstances and challenges, and includes culturally competent practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels, as well as funding and policies that facilitate service provision.