Brief IntroC4SI-Diverse staff-Translating Research into Practice--When began working on HRC quickly apparent that this was an area that needed translatingHRC-NRCHMI-SAMHSA
When began as HRC, this was an area that needed “translating” and started with website articles.There was research but not a lot of practical applicationProject office Deborah Stone encouraged us to look into how to best serve this population.
First project was videos/briefly describeInvolved other programs in development.Take home message was that the first step is an open mind.Videos can be accessed here:http://homeless.samhsa.gov/Resource/Larkin-Street-Stories-The-Homeless-LGBT-Experience-Episode-1-51012.aspxhttp://homeless.samhsa.gov/Resource/Larkin-Street-Stories-Confronting-Hate-Speech-and-Homophobia-Episode-2-51014.aspxhttp://homeless.samhsa.gov/Resource/Larkin-Street-Stories-Neither-Nor-Working-with-Transgender-Youth-Episode-3-51015.aspx
January 2010 panel includedresearchers, clinicians, advocates, consumers, and administrators. Dig deeper; What were some of the other skills and knowledge that equip service providers to serve this population? The major finding of the panel was essentially that we’ve talked enough, now lets figure out how to put all of this into action.-”Model program”Report can be accessed here:http://homeless.samhsa.gov/Resource/Learning-from-the-Field-Expert-Panel-on-Youth-who-are-LGBTQI2-S-and-Homeless-Summary-of-Proceedings-48592.aspx
Five very different programs that work with youth who experience homelessness and identify as LGBT.Report can be accessed here:http://homeless.samhsa.gov/Resource/Learning-from-the-Field-Listening-Tour-of-Programs-Serving-Youth-who-are-LGBTQI2-S-and-Experiencing-Homelessness-Draft-50138.aspx
Sanctuary Model: a trauma-informed organizational culture approach that emphasizes consumer control. They only enforce the most vital restrictions, such as requiring youth to contribute to utilities when possible and making sure each participant is enrolled in school, employed, or volunteering. Under this model, youth can make choices about when to come and go, and how to care for their own space. Several agencies talked about “trauma informed care”
Willingness and openness to learnHiring questions about comfort level
Larkin Street Youth Services, Outside In, and Youth on Fire recruit program participants to serve as outreach workers among peers.
Castro Housing at Larkin Street
Translate it into training packages that meet the needs of different communities. New York, Santa Fe, Miami, and Chicago. -Working closely with the Ali Forney Center to develop the training package and working with the other communities as well.
Training can be accessed here:http://www.center4si.com/training/our_courses.cfm
Didn’t work in isolationVarying degrees of involvement and variation in programsIf we are missing anyone we want to know.
1.7 Rachael Kenney
The First Step is an Open Mind: Lessons Learned From the Homelessness Resource Center<br />Rachael R. Kenney, MA Homelessness Resource Center<br />
Larkin Street, San Francisco, CAOutside In, Portland, ORRuth Ellis, Detroit, MIThe Drop In Center, Tulane, New Orleans, LAUCAN Host Home, Chicago, IL<br />
<ul><li>Develop trusting relationships by fostering a strengths based approach</li></ul>“It’s intense to live in the fishbowl environment of shelters and transitional housing, where adults are watching you all the time. This is at the heart of the Host Home model. The youth learn to live in a family setting, while making their own choices about where to live and how to conduct their time.” <br />–UCAN Host Home<br />
<ul><li>Develop a culturally competent staff</li></ul>“It’s not about filling quotas—it’s about finding the right people.” –Larkin Street<br />“This level of control is empowering to our members,” said one staff member. “You see a side of applicants that comes out in the youth interviews that does not come out with staff. Sometimes members can better tell if the applicant ‘gets it’ with regard to GLBT issues.” –Youth on Fire<br />
<ul><li>Support Consumer empowerment</li></ul>“We’ve tried youth advisory councils in the past, but struggled to implement the requests of the youth. It was defeating. We are rethinking our strategy because you can’t ask for youth input and ultimately ignore it. They’ve been through that before, and it’s not positive for anyone.” <br />–Ruth Ellis Center<br />
<ul><li>Design Responsive service interventions</li></ul>“I have a job for a kid, but they have to dress a certain way to get the job. I don’t want [youth] to hide who they are, but they also have to fit in to get a job.” <br />–The Drop In Center at Tulane<br />“It’s been about finding allies. We know that even if you find a position, it might not be a healthy place for the young person. Even in cases where the supervisor is an advocate for the youth, peers can create a negative experience.” <br />–Outside In<br />
<ul><li>Develop community partnerships</li></ul>“Now [the police] bring kids to us instead of arresting them… we’ve engaged in capacity building with child protective services that was very positive. They have now become the impromptu community ambassador, referring calls from families struggling with their LGBT child to us.”<br />–Ruth Ellis Center<br />
<ul><li>Expand public awareness</li></ul>“We know that we need to mobilize all of our community, our gay, lesbian and trans folks, and our allies, the people who really care and want to help make a difference. Having this team of people helps us extend our message and our reach a hundred fold.” <br />–UCAN Host Home<br />
Creating Communities of Change: Best Practices for Serving LGBTQI2-S Homeless Youth<br />Ali Forney, New York NY<br />Howard Brown, Chicago, IL<br />NMGSAN, Santa Fe, NM<br />Stand Up for Kids, Miami, FL<br />