Learning from the Field:
Serving LGBTQI2-S Youth Experiencing Homelessness
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All programs serving youth who are homeless should assume that some of their participants identify as LGBTQI2-S. Between 20% and 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQI2-S. SAMHSA’s HRC visited multiple programs serving youth who are LGBTQI2-S and homeless to learn about practical strategies to implement best practices when working with this population. Presenters Wayne Centrone, Laura Hughes, and Bonnie Wade shared findings from this tour, and offered tips for providing culturally competent care for this highly vulnerable group.
About the Presenters
Wayne Centrone is a Senior Associate at the Center for Social Innovation. Wayne is a physician and public health professional who has dedicated his career to working with high risk and marginalized homeless and underserved populations around the world. At the Center for Social Innovation, he is involved with developing policy, formulating research and delivering trainings for homeless and underserved care providers around the United States. Wayne was previously the medical director of the Outreach Program at Outside In Medical Clinic, a Portland, Oregon based social service and healthcare agency dedicated to bringing innovative services to homeless young adult populations. In addition, Wayne has helped to develop a model outreach program targeting high-risk homeless populations.
Bonnie Wade, Associate Director at the UCAN LGBTQ Host Home Program, has been working in social services for the past 15 years. She has worked with youth who have experienced trauma and homelessness in a variety of settings including drop-in centers, schools, and a residential shelter. Bonnie has provided individual and group psychotherapy, program administration, case management, and outreach services to youth, age 14 through 24. For the last 5 years, Bonnie, along with a group of volunteers and professionals have developed the LGBTQ Host Home Program at UCAN. She is a graduate of The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.
Laura Hughes is Executive Director of the Ruth Ellis Center. Laura is responsible for providing leadership and the strategic vision for the center. Laura joined Ruth Ellis Center in August of 2009. Prior to this role, she worked as HIV & STD Manager at the Wayne County Department of Public Health. She is a member on the board of the AIDS Partnership Michigan and sits on the LGBT and Allies Advisory Board for the National Alliance to End Homelessness and Homeless Resource Network, among other community leadership positions. Laura has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan.