LGBT Youth Homelessness
A UK national scoping of cause, prevalence, response and outcome in regards to LGBT youth homelessness.
- 84% of LGBT organisations stated experience of service users disclosing homelessness, risk of homelessness, or living in a hostile environment.
- Of those LGBT organisations who reported contact with homeless LGBT young people, the three most common causes of homelessness were:
- Parental rejection – 69%
- Abuse within the family (physical, emotional, sexual) – 69%
- Aggression/violence in the family – 62%
- Only 13% of housing providers recognised unique needs of LGBT.
- 3.9% of those providers had fully implemented the initiatives to address these needs.
- 2.63% (two organisations) had designed LGBT initiatives that were being implemented and accessed appropriately.
- 77% of young people believed their sexual/gender identity was a causal factor in rejection from home.
- 68% of previously homeless LGBT people and 83% of currently homeless LGBT people reported a negative impact upon their physical and mental health, yet less than half had sought help.
- When asked what would have helped during periods of homelessness, the most common responses were access to mental health services, social support, substance misuse support, and knowledge of - and access to - homelessness services.
Albert Kennedy Trust, 2016. LGBT Youth Homelessness: a UK national scoping of cause, prevalence, response and outcome. Manchester: Albert Kennedy Trust. [pdf] [Accessed 12/07/2019]