Approximately 1.6 million youth are homeless without their families in the U.S. each year. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth are significantly overrepresented among those who are homeless.
In July 2013, the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health, hosted a webinar, Ending LGBT Youth Homelessness: A Call to Action, to raise awareness and share solutions.
Christina Murphy from The National Center on Family Homelessness presented about trauma-informed care for LGBT youth.
- highlighted issues contributing to homelessness among LGBT youth;
- showcased the Forty to None Project, a national program of the True Colors Fund (co-founded by Cyndi Lauper) that is working to end LGBT youth homelessness;
- described strategies to reduce homelessness among LGBT youth and provide trauma-informed care to them; and
- shared lessons learned from the field
LGBT youth are also more likely to experience bias and trauma—associated with their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression—and disparities in the quality of care when accessing resources from human service systems. Because homelessness is a devastating experience that has a significant impact on well-being and functioning, increased awareness and solutions supporting long-term housing stability for LGBT youth are critical.
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