We know that people who identify as LGBTQ+ are more likely to experience homelessness than their non-LGBTQ+ peers. To get a better understanding of their particular experiences in temporary accommodation, we interviewed four people who have experienced homelessness and identify in different ways as not straight. We also spoke to five service providers of LGBTQ+ homelessness services.
There are many issues around homelessness that are particular to this group. Not all make it into temporary accommodation, choosing instead to sofa surf or remain hidden from public services. ‘Choice’ however can be a misleading word, suggesting individuals have taken positive action rather than feeling forced into a situation.
Looking at the assessment stage that takes place when someone experiencing homelessness presents to their local authority, it becomes clear that any choice they might have is challenged from the start.