LGBTQ Youth

The Services To At Risk Youth “STAR” Program

This document describes the State of Texas STAR Program. STAR originated in 1983 when the Texas Legislature approved a demonstration project for serving runaway and truant youth called the Services to Truants and Runaways project. By 1984 the first 15 programs were funded under grants from the Texas Department of Human Resources’ Protective Services Branch…. Read more »

LGBTQ College Student Resource Guide

College is a time for learning and growth, not only on an academic level, but at the social level as well. Fitting in and feeling accepted is important to many college students. This is a particularly crucial issue for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community. Although recent strides have… Read more »

Scholarships and Financial Aid for LGBTQ Students

The burden of paying for college and adjusting to college life can be tough enough – but it only gets harder for LGBTQ students, who may be ostracized for being different. This guide aims to reduce the stress of college for LGBTQ students by assisting with one key element: financial aid. Read on to find… Read more »

College Guide for LGBTQ Students

Choosing the right college is a difficult process for anyone. As a student who identifies as LGBTQ this task becomes downright daunting as they must also try and find a place of acceptance, inclusion, and support. The College Guide for LGBTQ Students is designed to help students down this path – a planning guide they… Read more »

Nest: LGBTQ Youth Resource Guide

Nest:   LGBTQ Youth Resource Guide Mission:   NEST is a collaborative of Houston/Harris County community stakeholders charged with preventing and ending homelessness for adolescents and young adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or those who are questioning their sexual or gender identity, by 2020.

NEST Presentation: Collaborative to Prevent LGBTQ Youth Homelessness (HarrisCo)

Mission:   NEST is a collaborative of Houston/Harris County community stakeholders charged with preventing and ending homelessness for adolescents and young adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or those who are questioning their sexual or gender identity, by 2020. Goals:   This community commits to a coordinated service delivery model that is data‐driven and utilizes… Read more »

Harris County LGBTQ Homeless Prevention Overview: Schools Committee

Initiative Goals, Objectives, and Timeline Our community is participating in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative, led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As a participating community Harris County will have the opportunity to provide national leadership for developing a comprehensive approach for preventing homelessness among… Read more »

Overview of the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative

Our community is participating in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative, led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This initiative consists of developing and implementing a plan for LGBTQ youth homelessness prevention and intervention in two communities, including Hamilton County, Ohio, and Harris County, Texas. Montrose… Read more »

Questions and Answers on Homelessness Policy and Research: A National Approach to Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Homeless Youth

Various incidence studies of homeless youth in the United States estimate that over 2 million youth experience one night of homelessness each year, with over 100,000 sleeping long-term on the streets. Multiple research studies indicate that a conservative estimate finds 1 in 5 homeless youth self-identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning LGBTQ, twice as prevalent as for LGBTQ youth in the general population. LGBTQ youth experience an alarmingly high rate of homelessness when compared to heterosexual youth. Even more troubling is the fact that homeless LGBTQ youth experience higher rates of physical assaults, sexual exploitation, and mental health deterioration than their heterosexual homeless peers.

National Recommended Best Practices for Serving LGBT Homeless Youth

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth are overrepresented in the homeless population. According to a growing body of research and study, a conservative estimate is that one out of every five homeless youth (20 percent) is LGBT-identified. This is greatly dis- proportionate to the estimated percentage of LGBT youth in the general population which is somewhere between 4 and 10 percent.1 Research indicates that each year, hundreds of thousands of LGBT youth will experience homelessness. Most LGBT youth become homeless because of family abuse, neglect, or conflict over their identity. Many homeless LGBT youth were kicked out of their homes while others ran from foster and group homes because they were mistreated or harassed.