Takeaways

  • In order to prevent LGBTQ youth homelessness, members of the community must collaborate to identify youth facing rejection, family conflict, and crisis.
  • Welfare, behavioral health and criminal justice systems can be reformed to help prevent pathways to homelessness.
  • Targeted outreach and services that are accepting of LGBTQ identities ensure that LGBTQ youth are more likely to find and utilize service providers.
  • Communities need to ensure that housing arrangements are safe for, and supportive of LGBTQ youth.
  • Assessments should be culturally competent and responsive to the unique needs of LGBTQ youth.

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Prevention Planning

The current response to youth homelessness places an emphasis on emergency services.

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If we want to end youth homelessness we need to place more of an emphasis on prevention and housing supports, while still including emergency services for when they are needed.

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[Adapted from Alberta, Canada's plan to prevent and reduce youth homelessness]