Human Services for Low-Income and At-Risk LGBT Populations - Study

Author: The Williams Institute
Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 - Updated: Thursday 22nd December 2016
Summary: LGBT people may be disproportionately at risk of poor outcomes related to economic security and social well-being compared to the general population.


Despite social and legal progress for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the United States, much about low-income and at-risk LGBT individuals and their participation in federal human service programs remains unknown. In fact, data suggest LGBT people may be disproportionately at risk of poor outcomes related to economic security and social well-being, compared to the general population.

To address this knowledge gap, Mathematica, in partnership with the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, conducted an assessment for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation. The project aims to help identify the current knowledge base and priorities for future research and, ultimately, strengthen services for low-income and at-risk LGBT people.

A report and related issue brief look at LGBT populations' characteristics and interactions with human services and identify data gaps. The project focused on;

Three additional briefs delve into recommendations for future research in these key focus areas: income support and self-sufficiency, child welfare programs, and youth services.

"Overall, our review suggests that LGBT people could benefit from improvements to social services, such as increasing providers' familiarity with the needs and circumstances of LGBT people. We found, however, there is a need for more research to better understand the risks that LGBT people face, whether they encounter barriers in accessing services, and the kinds of interventions that may be effective for them," explained Andrew Burwick, senior researcher at Mathematica and project director.

"We used a variety of methods to conduct the assessment," added Dr. Gary Gates, Blachford-Cooper distinguished scholar and research director, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law. "We developed an annotated bibliography on LGBT populations and human services, consulted with an expert panel and representatives of ACF program offices, conducted secondary data analyses, completed case studies of providers serving runaway and homeless LGBT youth, and conducted telephone interviews with staff at state and community agencies providing various types of human services to LGBT people."

Overall, the project identified the following key areas for further research:

Full Report Here.


Similar Topics


From our Education section - Full List (58 Items)

Send us your coming events and LGBTQ related news stories.


A Summary of Data on LGBT Suicide for Suicide Prevention Month


LGBT People Could Gain Additional Protections from Discrimination After Bostock


HUD Aims to Reverse Protections for Homeless Transgender People Accessing Shelters


Bisexual Women and Girls Reproductive Health Needs Greater Attention


Only 3% of Sexually Active Transgender People Use PrEP


Experiences of Food Insecurity Among Californian LGBTQ


U.S. DOJ Files Statement of Interest Defending Constitutionality of Idaho's Fairness in Women's Sports Act


US Supreme Court Decision Protects 8.1M LGBT Workers From Employment Discrimination



Tsara Shelton
"Storytellers are powerful and we are all storytellers," suggests Tsara Shelton, author of the book Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself: A Collection of Stories that Slowly Grow Up..


LGBT Awareness & Events
List of important LGBT awareness dates and coming sexual diversity events.


Transgender Reporting Guide - English
Guide for those writing on transgender and LGBT community - Spanish Version.
Sexuality Definitions
List of definitions and glossary of sexual terms, abbreviations and their meanings.