National and international evidence indicates that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) people are over-represented among those experiencing homelessness. They are also over-represented in homelessness services, although the actual prevalence is unknown in Australia. The 2014 General Social Survey in Australia recorded that 13% heterosexuals had ever been homeless compared with 21% bisexual people and 34% lesbian/gay people (ABS General Social Survey, 2014).
In a 2016 survey of people with intersex variation in Australia, 6% responded that they were homeless or living precariously (Jones et al, 2016). Despite the heightened risk of homelessness among LGBTIQ people, there has been limited research in Australia that can inform the development of effective policy and service responses.
LGBTIQ Homelessness: Risks, Resilience, and Access to Services in Victoria, Report
This report documents the findings of a mixed methods research study examining the experiences of homelessness among LGBTI people. The research was led by Associate Professor Ruth McNair and Dr Cal Wilson, Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne. And supported by Launch Housing, the Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia, the Assia Altman Fund of the Australian Communities Foundation, the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation, and other public and private sources.
LGBTIQ Homelessness: Risks, Resilience, and Access to Services in Victoria, Executive Summary
This Executive Summary to the Final Report examining the experiences of homelessness among LGBTI people, highlights the research questions informing the study, the key findings and specific recommendations for services, training, primary prevention, policy and research.
Trans and Gender Diverse Homelessness
Pilot Project Model of Care
Launch Housing, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia (GALFA), Transgender Victoria, and Drummond Street Services, undertook a research pilot model of care project to increase the capacity of homelessness services to provide inclusive care and promote better outcomes for trans and gender diverse (TGD) people, and improve access to culturally aware and inclusive services for TGD clients in interactions with homelessness services.