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LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness in Canada
- 150,000 young people experiencing homelessness in Canada
- 25-40% of homeless youth in Canada identify as LGBTQ2S
- 35,000 homeless youth in Toronto (6,000/night)
- 21% of youth in Toronto shelters identify as LGBTQ2S
- 9 youth emergency shelters equals 350 beds
- 4 transitional housing programs equals 110 beds
There are no recent studies that have measured LGBTQ2S youth homelessness on a national scale. Since this data collection remains limited, this infographic shares statistics from a Toronto-based count.
- LGBTQ2S youth have difficulty finding shelters where they feel safe and respected; they experience high rates of discrimination and violence in shelters.
- LGBTQ2S-specific housing options are an essential component in addressing youth homelessness and meeting the needs of LGBTQ2S youth.
- LGBTQ2S youth are overrepresented in the homeless youth population, but underrepresented in shelters.
Abramovich. A. (2014). Young, Queer and Trans, Homeless, and Besieged: A Critical Action Research Study of How Policy and Culture Create Oppressive Conditions for LGBTQ Youth in Toronto’s Shelter System. University of Toronto.
Gaetz, S., Donaldson, J., Richter, T., & Gulliver, T. (2013): The State of Homelessness in Canada 2013. Toronto: Canadian Homelessness Research Network Press.
City of Toronto (2013). Street Needs Assessment.
Josephson, G. & Wright, A. (2000). Ottawa GLBT wellness project: Literature review and survey instruments.
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Our Fostering an Inclusive Shelter Environment for LGBTQ2S Youth curriculum and infographics were developed in collaboration with Dr. Alex Abramovich and A Way Home, a national coalition dedicated to preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness in Canada. Development of this new resource has been generously supported by TD Bank and The City of Toronto.