The first program of its kind in Canada, RainCity Housing and Support Society opened a Housing First outreach program specifically for youth who have experienced chronic and/or episodic homelessness and who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Two Spirit. Individuals come off the street, build supportive networks, find and secure housing, and pursue employment.
To provide housing and a healthy community for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Two-Spirit, Plus (LGBTQ2S+) youth and support them in creating a community where they can achieve their potential.
WHO IS INVOLVED
The youth (ages 18-24) connect with a team member either daily or weekly, depending where they reside. The model follows best practices in Housing First, recognizing the importance of choice and self-determination.
WHAT IT IS
The outreach team is based out of a community space in East Vancouver where weekly community lunches take place and the youth can connect and support each other. Participants of the program live off site in either supported or market housing. Rent subsidies are used in order to provide more affordable and safe options.
The importance of having an ally and seeing familiar faces in the people providing support is crucial to building a supportive network. The weekly dinners are a chance to meet new community members and it’s where folks who now live in other neighbourhoods can return to reconnect and share their experiences and advice.
Take a look at chapter five in Where Am I Going to Go? Intersectional Approaches to Ending LGBTQ2S+ Youth Homelessness in Canada & the U.S., as well as the final report from the McCreary Centre Society, who have extensive experience with youth homelessness, specifically LGBTQ2S+ homeless youth.
CONTACT LGBTQ2S+ YOUTH HOUSING