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
- 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
- It is semi-independent housing. Youth will have a lease agreement and working relationship with a professional property management company
Rent is Approximately $500 + 1/6 of the utilities. A security deposit is also required.
Cost of food, personal supplies, and other misc. expenses.
In order to live in Pride Home, you need to:
Be between the ages of 16-21
Identify as 2SLGBTQ+
Want to benefit from living in a supported, youth-centered environment
Want to live at Pride Home and choose to move in voluntarily
Basic Expectations of Living in Pride Home:
Respect for self and others.
Desire to improve one’s life.
Participation in the operation and programming of the home.
No alcohol or drug use in the home.
Youth residing in Pride Home will cover their rent in the following ways:
The 16/17 year old program through the Ministry of Social Services (must be going to school to be eligible for the program)
Social Assistance Program (S.A.P.) (18+)
Saskatchewan Assistance Insurance for Disability (SAID program)
Through their own employment
There is a Program Agreement to sign that includes, no pets, no drugs or alcohol, limits on guests (no guests right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
We meet with people where they are at and partner with them as they move forward in various areas of their life.
With this in mind, we encourage people to complete this referral on their own or alongside a support if required. We feel that hearing peoples experience and required supports first hand is helpful in understanding how to best approach the screening, intake, and engagement process. If you or someone you know is looking for a safe place to live, please contact our Housing & Support Services Manager at [email protected], call 306-665-1224.
Thank you for your support in making this possible.
"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
Interested in making a donation to Pride Home?
Click here to make a donation to Pride Home through OUTSaskatoon.