A Focused Response to Prevent and End LGBTQ Youth Homelessness
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The Supporting Healthy and Successful Transitions to Adulthood: A Plan to Prevent and End Youth
Homelessness (Youth Plan) was developed to address the unique needs of youth.
The Alberta Youth Plan has identified that ending youth homelessness requires the prioritization of specific subpopulations of young people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and 2-Spirit (LGBTQ) youth. LGBTQ youth are highly over represented amongst the homeless youth population, making up 25-40% of homeless youth in Canada. Family rejection, inadequate social services, and discrimination in housing, employment, and education make it difficult for LGBTQ youth to secure safe and affirming places to live.
This report provides six key recommendations to the Government of Alberta that were developed over the course of ten months. The recommendations align with and support the Youth Plan, and are reflective of current needs of the youth serving sector, including housing programs and shelters, across the province.