The Homeless and Housing Resource Center (HHRC) and SAMHSA’s Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity will present an engaging panel discussion about affirmative services and supports for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. For providers working in housing and homelessness, knowing about the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ people is essential in providing quality and appropriate care. This panel will discuss the unique needs of the population, and ways providers and clinicians can provide supportive and affirming care.
- Describe the importance of strength-based approaches like healing-centered engagement when creating and maintaining safe spaces for youth participants who identify with the LGBTQ+ community.
- Identify potential risk factors associated with youth’s family-of-origin and protective factors chosen-families offer youth participants who identify with the LGBTQ+ community.
- Explore authentic engagement with youth using youth-driven solutions like youth-run boards, ambassadors, and peer support.