Why youth homelessness is now the greatest threat to LGBT peoples’ human rights in the UK today...

  • 24% of homeless youth population identify as LGBT (2015, AKT)
  • Centrepoint identified that 150,000 (approx.) young people are living in hostile environments / homeless (2016, Centrepoint)
  • 77% of LGBT youth homelessness could be preventable; as caused by familial rejection, abuse and ejection from home 
  • Impact on LGBT young people’s health, wellbeing, safety and life chances (education, employment) much greater than their peers
  • Cost to state: £24-30k pa to return to safety. AKT’s Purple Door emergency and longer term housing project costs £100k per annum to operate (funded completely by corporate and individual donations) saved the state £1.5m in first 18 months.

How AKT is preventing this threat: 

AKT believes that prevention and early action focused service delivery is the best way to help young people facing homelessness, as this approach: 

  • Limits the impact of homelessness on young lives, society and vital/valuable services
  • Provides a low-cost option; limiting the need to address the health and wellbeing impacts of prolonged periods in hostile environments / homelessness 
  • Has high impact, by increasing reach and limiting the need for complex and capacity stretching interventions

AKT NOW and help us prevent lifetimes of homelessness 

As an individual 

Share our work online and offline. Share our messages on social media, or add our details to your email footer. Share the following message on Twitter (just copy/paste!):

24% of youth facing homelessness identify as LGBT. 77% experience rejection/abuse at home. @AlbertKennedyTr can help ww.akt.org.uk

As an MP 

As Government: 

  • ensure vulnerable LGBT youth are considered and included in the Homelessness Reduction Act guidance and other policy and decision making 
  • a conservative government funded the pilot for our online service; we now need you to join NSPCC in endorsing our early action / prevention service inter-AKT

Click here to download a copy of our LGBT Youth Homelessness Briefing.

No Room For Hate

Right now 4,800 young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are homeless or living in hostile environments. In most cases they have been driven out of their family homes because of parental rejection, abuse from within the family, and aggression or violence.

It’s unacceptable. There should be no room for hate.

"Every inch of me and who I am was being sucked out of me." Watch Frankie's story below:

At The Albert Kennedy Trust we offer support and accommodation to get young people back on their feet. But we need your support.

Your cash pledge to The Albert Kennedy Trust will make a difference to the lives of young, homeless LGBT people. Please donate here.