2SLGBTQ Youth Homelessness:
Two Spirit, transgender, and queer youth are at a greater risk of homelessness compared to their cisgender, heterosexual peers. A recent street-based needs assessment in Toronto identified that 24% of youth respondents identified as 2SLGBTQ, and local surveys showed that 30% of youth in OUTSaskatoon's youth program had been homeless or without secure housing at some point in their lives.
OUTSaskatoon opened Pride Home in January 2017 in order to provide a place for 2SLGBTQ youth to live open and free lives. Pride Home is a place where gender and sexually diverse youth are celebrated and supported and where they have the support and services that they need to thrive.
“This place is like family…unconditional love is what it is.” - youth living in pride home
How it works:
Pride Home is a five-bedroom home with shared communal spaces. Each bedroom has a private bathroom, mini-fridge, and workspace, and shared spaces include the kitchen, living room space, and an art and recreation space in the basement. Pride Home is located on the west side of Saskatoon, a 20-minute walk to OUTSaskatoon, so that youth can access counselling, support groups, and other services through OUTSaskatoon's regular programming. Pride Home is also located near schools enabling youth to upgrade their education.
Pride Home is supported by our Housing and Support Services Manager, Pride Home Coordinator, and additional youth care worker. Together the team works to provide case management and support within the home.
"These youth have been surviving for so long, I don’t need to teach them how to survive. I need to teach them how to heal. I can’t do that by myself, I need everyone to buy in for that and create that community." - Pride Home Staff
If you or someone you know is looking for a safe place to live, please contact Krystal Nieckar at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 306-665-1224
Interested in making a donation to Pride Home?
Click here to make a donation to Pride Home through OUTSaskatoon.