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Review of the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative Planning Phase


Date Published: April 2016


This document reports the planning phase-related findings and recommendations of HUD’s LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative (“initiative”).  The findings illustrate that, while challenging, community-wide planning to address LGBTQ youth homelessness is possible with buy-in, resources, and a collective willingness to invest time in a planning process. The recommendations are intended to inform replication of similar LGBTQ youth homelessness prevention planning in communities nationwide.

In the summer of 2014, HUD launched the initiative with two objectives: (1) facilitating better local collaboration between stakeholders working with youth and (2) informing national strategies for preventing homelessness among LGBTQ youth. Using various criteria, HUD and its partners selected two communities—Hamilton County (Cincinnati), Ohio; Harris County (Houston), Texas—to recruit for participation as pilot sites.

See the Community-Wide Prevention of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness: Lessons Learned During Planning Phase for a summary of lessons learned and recommendations.

See the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative Community Plans for Hamilton County (Cincinnati), Ohio and Harris County (Houston), Texas.

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