North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

On the Streets: The Federal Response to Gay and Transgender Homeless Youth

The Center for American Progress (CAP) recently released a report, "On the Streets: The Federal Response to Gay and Transgender Homeless Youth." Authored by Nico Sifra Quintana, Josh Rosenthal, and Jeff Krehely, it explores the reasons why gay and transgender youth are disproportionately represented among the homeless youth population. Probable causes listed include rejection by parents and violence and/or discrimination in institutions like schools and shelters. These problems are exacerbated by a lack of federal programs and funds available to serve homeless youth and little protection against discrimination for these populations. The CAP authors offer a host of solutions that the Administration should consider in order to solve these issues, including providing better services and programs, expanding housing options, and doing more research on the problem.
 
Read the full report here or download it from the CAP website at www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/06/pdf/lgbtyouthhomelessness.pdf.
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