Shelter for LGBTQ Individuals and Couples
Crossroads has emergency shelter options designed to make all of the people we serve feel comfortable and safe.
Who Are the LGBTQ People Experiencing Homelessness?
Most of the individuals who need a dedicated LGBTQ shelter are young (between the ages of 18 and 24) unaccompanied adults. Among all youth nationally, about 10% identify as LGBTQ; studies indicate that as many as 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. The disproportionately high number of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness is partially due to rejection of their identity by family members, lack of family support, and instances of abuse at home which the individual leaves to avoid.
LGBTQ homeless youth are often from low-income communities and poor families. Studies have found that they are disproportionately African American and Native American.
Why Are Shelter Options Needed?
Having a range of safe shelter options for individuals and couples who identify as LGBTQ is extremely important, because they are at greater risk for violence and exploitation once they become homeless, compared to their non-LGBTQ peers. In fact, they are...
7.4 times more likely to experience sexual violence.
more likely to commit suicide.
at a higher risk for mental illness.
at a higher risk for engaging in unsafe sexual practices.