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Types of Housing Models/Programs

Housing support services play a crucial role in fulfilling homeless youths' daily needs, however, they are not always equipped to deal with the wide-ranging needs of LGBTQ2S youth, which have become more complex and diverse since the first shelters were established in Toronto thirty years ago.

Population-based programs and housing options are meant to provide safe, secure and affirming spaces for LGBTQ2S youth. Currently, there are few specialized LGBTQ2S housing programs, but no specialized LGBTQ2S emergency shelters in Canada. Fortunately, this is slowly beginning to change.

Emergency shelters

  • people experiencing homelessness or in emergency or crisis situation
  • access point to other support services and programs
  • maximum 90-day stay

Transitional housing

  • intermediate step between emergency crisis shelter and permanent housing
  • long-term, service intensive, help address issues that led to homelessness
  • rebuild support networks
  • 3-month to 3-day stay

Permanent supportive housing

  • combines rental/housing assistance with support services for people with high needs (physical, mental health, developmental disabilities, or substance abuse)
  • possible option for chronically homeless with high acuity

Housing first

  • recovery-oriented approach that centers on quickly moving people into independent/permanent housing, then providing support and services
  • people are more likely to move forward if they are housed first

Rapid re-housing

  • quickly re-housing individuals or families who experience episodic or transitional homelessness
  • site or communal housing, often includes rent supplements and community support services

Host homes

  • respite accommodation
  • alternative to emergency shelters for young people under 18
  • small facilities or households that have a spare room with hosts that are paid or are volunteers

The Homeless Hub (2016)

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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.