Policy

LGBTQI2S+ Youth Housing Initiative

"LGBTQI2S+ youth are particularly vulnerable to homelessness, because services designed to assist homeless youth are often unsafe or inaccessible to those who identify as LGBTQ2S+."

LGBTQI2S+ Youth Housing Initiative

LGBTQI2S+ youth are particularly vulnerable to homelessness, because services designed to assist homeless youth are often unsafe or inaccessible to those who identify as LGBTQI2S+. This is unacceptable.

A Jagmeet Singh-led government will expand the mandate and funding of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy to directly address the needs of LGBTQI2S+ youth at-risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Jagmeet will work with the provinces to ensure adequate training for service providers so they become LGBTQI2S+ affirming, safe and supportive. This approach will:

  • Alter provincial Child Welfare best practices to ensure LGBTQI2S+ youth are not put in queer- or trans-antagonistic placements.

  • Create and fund an opt-in registry of foster placements that have received appropriate competency training and are approved as safe homes for LGBTQI2S+ youth.

  • Train shelter and housing service providers to ask all clients about sexual and gender identities during intake; to understand the difference between assigned sex at birth and gender identity; to use a client’s correct name and pronouns; to intervene in cases of homophobia and transphobia; all in order to provide appropriate services and safe spaces for LGBTQI2S+ youth.

  • Engage with LGBTQI2S+ advocacy groups to develop and engage RCMP in LGBTQI2S+ competency training to ensure interactions with law enforcement are not stigmatizing or traumatizing.

Jagmeet will create and/or modify shelters and transitional housing facilities to serve the needs of LGBTQI2S+ youth. This will:

  • Prioritize the hiring of LGBTQI2S+ staff.

  • End segregation of facilities by assigned sex or gender, which creates an exclusionary and potentially hostile space for gender non-conforming youth.

  • Add private bathrooms and changerooms to all shelters and housing programs.

  • Give queer and trans competency training to incoming clients, as well as train staff to ensure the standard of a LGBTQI2S+ affirming, safe and supportive space in shelters and transitional housing facilities.

  • Build connections with LGBTQI2S+ community organizations as well as queer- and trans-friendly medical and mental health services, in order to refer LGBTQI2S+ clients to broader support networks.