National studies estimate that there are between 1.6 million and 1.7 million youth ages 12 to 17 who experience homelessness each year. Among these youth, it is estimated that up to 40% identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or questioning (LGBTQ). These youth are also disproportionately youth of color.
Practices have begun to emerge that have shown promise in responding to the needs of LGBTQ homeless youth. However, information on these practices has not been systematically collected or analyzed, and no unifying practice models have emerged as a result of these responses. To facilitate positive outcomes for LGBTQ homeless youth, much additional information is needed on these emerging practices, as well as information on culturally and linguistically appropriate screening and assessment tools, training models for RHY providers, and examples of policies and programs that facilitate LGBTQ homeless youth feeling safe, respected, and affirmed. The proposed project will respond to these needs by developing a blueprint to reduce the 40% of homeless youth who identify as LGBTQ over the 3 years of this project (the 3/40 BLUEPRINT). This blueprint will build the capacity of Transitional Living Programs to serve LGBTQ homeless youth by strengthening their efforts to better understand and address the needs of this population.
- Investigator: Henrika McCoy
- Funding Source: Administration for Children and Families