For this pride month, we have been looking into LGBTQ+ and homelessness. Research from Stonewall shows that almost one in five people who identify as LGBT have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives. The number is even higher for those who identify as trans. Given that the current LGBTQ+ population in the UK is estimated to be somewhere between 3% and 5%, these numbers are significant.
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.
This is the second blog to come out of this research. The first focused on the experiences of entering into the homelessness system. Not all do; many will choose to sofa surf or stay in unhealthy or dangerous situations, while others don’t make it past the first hurdle when approaching the council for help.
For those who do, mainstream temporary accommodation, or TA, is by far the most common outcome as there are very few LGBTQ+ specific refuges.