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.
One in five LGBT youth were unable to access short-term shelter, and 16% were unable to access long-term housing, which were twice that of non-LGBT homeless youth surveyed.
Despite the worst recession in decades, the number of families living on the street or in homeless programs at a point in time has remained steady.
Young people in the LGBT community are disproportionately at-risk for homelessness, often as a result of the rejection, discrimination, or violence they face simply for being themselves.”
Le reminds readers of the fact that 100,000 homeless LGBT youth are surviving on the streets this winter with only 30% finding temporary housing in shelters or transitional living programs.