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LGBT Youth Homelessness

Published: 2016

A UK national scoping of cause, prevalence, response and outcome in regards to LGBT youth homelessness.

Key findings:

  • 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]

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