Homelessness: LGBT People

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th January 2021.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support the Government is providing to young homeless LGBTQ+ people.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

We recognise that many LGBT people who find themselves homeless may have a different experience of homelessness. In the Rough Sleeping Strategy, we announced a range of measures, including undertaking research that is underway with the Government Equalities Office into the nature of LGBT homelessness. The Department has provided local authorities with free training to help tackle issues facing vulnerable groups, including LGBT people. Delivered to frontline workers by Stonewall Housing, the training package sets out why LGBT people may be at greater risk of homelessness, and the barriers LGBT people can face when seeking homelessness support.

We have also put in place bespoke support for local authorities through our Homelessness Advice and Support Team, which includes dedicated youth homelessness advisor roles that have a commitment to work with local authorities to proactively promote positive joint working across housing authorities and children’s services, offering training, advice and support to all local authorities.

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