Takeaways

  • Winning asylum is crucial to a young LGBTQ or HIV-positive individual’s independence in the U.S. Once obtaining legal status, the asylum winner can obtain benefits, such as housing, financial assistance, health care, education, and employment.
  • After a year, asylum winners may apply for a green card, and benefits that can prevent a once-undocumented LGBTQ immigrant from becoming homeless and connect them to opportunities that can bring their incomes above the poverty level.
  • Having a lawyer greatly increases your chances of being granted asylum.
  • Forced migrants that fall outside the recognized refugee and asylum apparatus - and even many of those who qualify - face mounting risks.
  • Undocumented children with undocumented parents and undocumented persons above the age of 18 experiencing homelessness are generally ineligible for public housing and Housing Choice vouchers, unless adjusting status, undergoing immigration proceedings to adjust status, or in cases of mixed status families.
  • Comprehensive immigration reform and increased access to the asylum and refugee systems are meaningful and lasting solutions for LGBTQ immigrants at risk of homelessness.

Data

33% of the clients represented by Immigration Equality are under the age of 26.

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