Review of the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative Planning Phase
Summary of Findings
Research and anecdotal evidence on the percentage of youth experiencing homelessness who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender or who are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity (LGBTQ) indicate that they are greatly overrepresented among the population of youth experiencing homelessness. Available survey data show that LGBTQ youth represent up to 40% of the approximately 550,000 unaccompanied, single youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in the United States. To address this issue, in the summer of 2014 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative.
AIR conducted a review of the planning phase that was intended to (1) document how the two communities carried out the planning for their local LGBTQ homelessness prevention initiative, including their processes, tools, and resources used; (2) identify strengths and assets for and challenges to the planning process; and (3) identify lessons learned. This report summarizes that review.
See the brief, Community-Wide Prevention of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness: Lessons Learned During Planning Phase, for a summary of lessons learned and recommendations.