We Want to Hear Your Stories of Homelessness

Our Housing and Homelessness Youth Commissioners want to hear from LGBT young people who have experience of homelessness. They are gathering young people’s stories to help evidence the need for a National Strategy that recognises the role discrimination plays in increasing the risk of homelessness.

LGBT young people are disproportionately represented amongst the young homeless population in the U.K, where approximately 24% of all young people identify as LGBT (Albert Kennedy Trust, 2015). A group of ten young people from across Scotland have come together to form a Youth Commission on Homelessness and Housing to address the specific issues and risks young LGBT people face when homeless or at risk of homelessness.  

Megan McIntyre, Housing and Homelessness Youth Commissioner  said:

“We are gathering case studies to highlight the experiences of LGBT young people. We want to hear your stories of homelessness to help bring about change to ensure that LGBT young people‘s housing needs are met.”

“We want to hear from young people age 16 and over who have lived experiences of homelessness at any point in the last 5 years. This can include experience of rough sleeping; sofa surfing; and staying in temporary accommodation, refuge or hostels.”

“We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who has experienced domestic abuse from a partner or ex-partner, or abuse or rejection from their family, but all experiences of homelessness are relevant and valued. And identities can be anonymised.”

“Young people can write their own story and send it in to Janice; or arrange to meet in person or chat over the phone.”

The gathered stories and experiences will be highlighted in a final report, and displayed at an exhibition style event in spring 2017, where professionals and decision makers will be invited to come together to learn about key challenges and recommendations through the medium of the arts.

Get in touch with Janice and the Youth Commissioners at Janice.stevenson@lgbtyouth.rog.uk or 0141 552 7425.