Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

David Roseborough, Ph.D., LICSW


Social Work


Youth homelessness is continually on the rise throughout the United States. While youth in general who are experiencing homelessness are at increased risk for victimization, chemical use/abuse, and mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth are at much higher risk for these barriers to well-being, among others. This study evaluated one program that specifically serves LGBTQ youth who are experiencing homelessness. Using a qualitative design, individuals involved in the program were asked to fill out surveys and provide feedback about how the program meets its stated goals of providing shelter, meeting basic needs, and fostering a sense of community for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. Additionally, this study looked at how this program builds strength and resiliency for youth by fostering a sense of positive self-identity and increasing external supports for youth. The findings of this study indicate that this program model meets its stated goals by providing youth with “outside the system” supports in the form of volunteer host homes and providing ongoing case management and goal-planning with youth. The findings also suggest that the program’s focus on self-determination and community-based efforts from caring adults has a significantly positive impact on youth who participate in the program. These findings emphasize the importance of access to stable housing, external supports, and the development of positive self-identity for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness who are working towards achieving stable housing.

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