5.7 Serving LGBTQ Youth through Equality and Inclusion

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5.7 Serving LGBTQ Youth through Equality and Inclusion

Speaker: Andre Wade

It is important that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ)youth receive culturally-competent services that consider their unique trajectory into, and experience of, homelessness. LGBTQ youth have an opportunity for improved outcomes when programs provide interventions that facilitate healthy family connections, provide equal access and treatment, and foster their positive development by connecting them with affirming LGBTQ health and community services.

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5.7 Serving LGBTQ Youth through Equality and Inclusion

  1. 1. Serving LGBTQ Youth through Equality and Inclusion: Federal PolicyNational Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness February 2012 André C. Wade Program and Policy Analyst awade@naeh.org
  2. 2. Serving LGBTQ Youth through Equality and Inclusion: Federal Policy Purpose People Policy
  3. 3. Serving LGBTQ Youth through Equality and Inclusion: Federal Policy ACYF HUD• Runaway and Homeless • Guidance to assist LGBT Youth Grants individuals and families• Permanency Innovations facing housing Initiative (Efforts to discrimination Reduce Long-Term • Equal Access to Housing Foster Care) in HUD Programs• RHYMIS data collection
  4. 4. Serving LGBTQ Youth through Equality and Inclusion: Federal PolicyAlliance’s LGBTQ Homeless Youth Policy Agenda• Provide grantees with the tools and resources to effectively serve LGBTQ youth.• Improve data on the prevalence and incidence of LGBTQ youth homelessness.• HMIS• Increase availability of federal resources
  5. 5. Serving LGBTQ Youth through Equality and Inclusion: Federal PolicyBest and Promising Policies and Practiceo Culturally competent approacheso Services tailored to the unique needs of LGBTQ youtho Welcoming, inclusive and non- discrimination policieso Training requirements of staff

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