Outcomes for a transitional living program serving LGBTQ youth in New York City

Child Welfare. 2006 Mar-Apr;85(2):385-406.


Providing stable housing for runaway and homeless youth is a major function of a transitional living program. This article introduces the focus of one program working with LGBTQ youth in New York City and discusses some issues to consider when working with this population. The article also presents data associated with young people's lives after discharge. In any discussion of outcomes, both reason for discharge and length of stay play important roles in whether or not an exit is safe. Regardless of these two elements, the places youth move to when leaving programs are crucial to their safety and well-being. The exit can be safe even when a young person is discharged early from a program. This article presents types of exits, as well as status of employment and school enrollment at exit. Some youth and staff-identified lessons gained in the program also are discussed in detail. Types of aftercare services sought by discharged youth are specified. This article also describes any differences in outcomes for youth with and without foster care experience.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Bisexuality*
  • Educational Status
  • Employment / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Foster Home Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Homeless Youth / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Homeless Youth / statistics & numerical data*
  • Homosexuality / statistics & numerical data*
  • Housing / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay
  • Male
  • New York City
  • Social Welfare / statistics & numerical data*