[inforgraphic] LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness in Canada

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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.  

LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness in Canada Infographic Links

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Youth Homelessness Research Findings

Trans and Non-Binary Youth Accessing Shelters

LGBTQ2S Safe, Inclusive and Affirming Shelter Spaces

LGBTQ2S Barriers to Employment and Training

Top 10 Reasons Homeless Youth Struggle to Find Employment

Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Slurs

LGBTQ2S Youth Suicide

Types of Housing Models/Programs

Family Conflict and Family Reconnection

Improving Intake Processes for LGBTQ2S Youth

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.