LGBTQ people experiencing homelessness most often lost their last housing because of financial and interpersonal reasons.
Overall, those who identified as LGBTQ reported similar reasons as non-LGBTQ respondents for leaving their last permanent housing; the most common were related to financial and interpersonal issues. LGBTQ respondents said they lost their last permanent housing because:
- 38% said they were evicted or their lease was not renewed
- 37% said problems getting along with the people they live with
- 36% said they could not afford their rent or house payments
- 32% said abuse by someone they live with
Those experiencing homelessness who are Indigenous or a person of color and identify as LGBTQ face compounding and systemic discrimination.
Similar to the non-LGBTQ homeless population, 68% of LGBTQ respondents identified as African American, Native American, Hispanic, Multiracial, or Asian, meaning that there is an overrepresentation of Indigenous and people of color within the homeless population, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
Higher proportions of LGBTQ Indigenous and people of color had spent the night on public transportation in the past 12 months (40%, compared to 29% of White LGBTQ people experiencing homelessness) or had been turned away from shelter in the past three months because it was full (39%, compared to 30% of LGBTQ White people).
LGBTQ people experiencing homelessness have experienced high rates of trauma; this was especially true for LGBTQ youth.
Almost all LGBTQ youth (94%) reported at least one adverse childhood experience (ACEs; 81% of LGBTQ adults) and 70% had three or more ACEs (58% of LGBTQ adults). Especially prevalent ACEs were having a parent or guardian with mental health issues and witnessing abuse of another family member.