5.1 Youth Wisdom, Harm Reduction & Housing First: RainCity Housing’s Queer & Trans Youth Housing Project

This case study describes some of the ethical framework and liberatory practices of RainCity Housing workers, clinicians and queer and trans youth to create a housing project that aims to deliver housing without the professional imperative to either ‘fix’ young sexually– and gender-diverse people or tell them how to live. RainCity is not a queer organization: it is a housing organization, and this case study is presented to assist and encourage other housing organizations to take up the work of housing sexually– and gender-diverse youth who are at great risk because structural oppressions they face make their lives precarious. 

Alex Abramovich
Jama Shelton
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Canadian Observatory on Homelessness