Services to LGBTQ runaway and homeless youth: Gaps and recommendations

Elaine M. Maccio, Kristin Ferguson-Colvin

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This article identifies gaps in services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) runaway and homeless youth (RHY) and offers recommendations from the literature to fill them. Participants were 24 staff from 19 LGBTQ-RHY-serving agencies across the country. Over a 2-month period, researchers conducted 1-hour phone interviews with program staff and agency directors. Data from the interview transcripts were coded using template analysis, and the researchers modified the themes using an iterative coding process. Analyses yielded the following themes: a) housing services, b) educational services, c) employment services, d) family services, e) LGBTQ-affirming services, f) cultural competency training, and g) advocacy and organizing. Participants' perceptions of these gaps are provided, as are literature-driven recommendations to address those gaps. The findings from this study have the potential to guide program developers and policy makers in providing comprehensive, LGBTQ-affirming services for a substantial portion of the RHY population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-57
Number of pages11
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Homeless youth
  • LGBT youth
  • Runaway youth
  • Youth agency
  • Youth program
  • Youth service

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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