Children and Youth

The intersection between domestic and sexual violence, LGBTQ oppression, and youth homelessness is marked - and concerns for their children are on top of the list for survivors. This section includes materials focused on children and youth and how to better understand and meet their needs.

Supporting Parenting in Shelter

Margaret Hobart
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

This webinar discusses the impact of domestic violence on parenting, and how organizations can work to create shelter environments that better support survivors as they reclaim their roles as parents.

Serving Our Youth: Findings from a National Survey of Service Providers Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Who Are Homeless or At Risk of Becoming Homeless

Laura Durso
Gary Gates

This report by the The Palette Fund, True Colors Fund, and the Williams Institute presents data from The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Homeless Youth Provider Survey, a web-based survey conducted from October 2011 through March 2012. The survey was designed to assess the experiences of homeless youth organizations in providing services to LGBT youth. It also assessed the prevalence of LGBT youth within the homeless populations being served by these organizations. Overall, respondents indicated that nearly seven in ten (68%) of their LGBT homeless clients have experienced family rejection and more than half of clients (54%) had experienced abuse in their family.

Review of the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative Planning Phase

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

This document reports the planning phase-related findings and recommendations of HUD’s LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative (“initiative”). The findings illustrate that, while challenging, community-wide planning to address LGBTQ youth homelessness is possible with buy-in, resources, and a collective willingness to invest time in a planning process. The recommendations are intended to inform replication of similar LGBTQ youth homelessness prevention planning in communities nationwide.

Resources for Young Parents & Children Experiencing Homelessness

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Young parents and their children make up a significant portion of families experiencing homelessness. Given the importance, magnitude, and vulnerability of young parents and their children experiencing homelessness, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) developed a searchable list of resources to provide service providers and policy makers with information about ways to promote healthy development and wellbeing for this population.

Linking the Roads: Working with Youth Who Experience Homelessness & Sexual Violence

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

This guide focuses on adapting advocacy skills to help young people who experience homelessness and sexual violence build resiliency and lessen their traumas. It has three aims: (a) to provide an overview for the intersections between identity, trauma experiences, and resiliency among youth who are homeless; (b) to highlight core skills and techniques for advocates; and (c) to discuss how to tailor these skills in order to improve services for youth who identify as LGBTQ.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth: An Epidemic of Homelessness

Nicholas Ray
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Between 3 percent and 5 percent of the U.S. population identifies as lesbian, gay or bisexual, yet research suggests that between 20 percent and 40 percent of all homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). This reality prompted the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (the Task Force), in collaboration with the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH), to produce this publication. Through a comprehensive review of the available academic research and professional literature, the question as to why so many LGBT youth are becoming and remaining homeless is addressed. This paper also reports on the harassment and violence that many of these youth experience in the shelter system and summarizes research on critical problems affecting them, including mental health issues, substance abuse and risky sexual behavior. The federal government’s response to youth homelessness is analyzed, including the specific impact on LGBT homeless youth of increased federal funding for faith-based service providers. Five social service agencies detail model programs designed to improve service delivery to LGBT homeless youth.

Homeless, Runaway & Throwaway Youth: Sexual Victimization and the Consequences of Life on the Streets

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs

This edition of WCSAP's Research and Advocacy Digest is devoted to homeless and runaway youth. Topics include their exposure to violence while living on the streets, sexual victimization, antecedents to running away from home, challenges faced by LGBTQ homeless youth, and resilience.