Takeaways

  • As a national movement, we must work harder on highlighting the complexities of racial and economic disparities when talking about GLBTQ youth homelessness, and not only focus on family rejection as the reason for housing insecurity
  • Having an Advisory Council with folks who have different connections to our many communities is key (including past youth participants), especially for recruiting hosts
  • Being unlicensed and outside of the ‘system’ allows for greater community ownership, accountability and flexibility re: program changes and structure
  • White staff and volunteer hosts must have awareness of and training on power and privilege
  • We must be creative about how to support hosts who are poor and working class (i.e., stipends and gift cards for groceries)
  • Having a seasoned Case Manager who works with the youth while the Program Manager works with the hosts is a game-changer

Data

Statistics include the last 60 youth and young adults in the GLBT Host Home Program

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