No Place Like Home: Final Research Report on the Pridehouse Project

The initial goals of the project, accordingly, were defined as follows:(1) to determine the distinctive and particular risks to, and therefore the distinctive and particular needs for, housing, supports and services, of homeless/inadequately housed "queer and questioning" LGBT youth who are, or who are at risk of becoming, streetinvolved; (2) to describe and document these needs in an extensive and comprehensive report including both textual and visual documents;(3) to contribute informational resources which can be used as a basis for seeking further funding to establish safe and supportive housing for this at-risk population; (4) to contribute to the shaping and informing of policy which better acknowledges andmeets the needs of youth who too often "fall through the gaps" of existing social policy;(5) to provide information, resources and materials useful for the purpose of public education to prevent or reduce the kinds of social harms (bullying, discrimination, parental rejection) which induce youth to leave their homes prematurely; (6) to effect capacity-building and networking through participant-researcher training andcommunity-university collaboration, providing youth with skills-training, workexperience, and paid employment as community-based researchers. The primary intended outcome for this research was to better inform a community-based housing development organization about the conditions, needs, and expressed desires of the specific population for whom they sought to improve existing housing support. The research has been guided by this question: What are the particular needs experienced by "queer and questioning" youth withrespect to safe and supportive housing, and what are the 'gaps' in existing social policyand service provision which place this group at particular risk for homelessness?; (abstract from the document )

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Burnaby, BC, Canada