“If the providers understand the family’s perspective on things, they
are better able to help, are more sympathetic, and the family’s needs
can be better met.”
— Homes for Families Consumer Advocacy Team (CAT) Member, 2017
In September of 2017, HFF released a full report on Family Experiences of Homelessness in Massachusetts. We are continuing to explore and build off of the survey data used in that report, and one way we are doing this is with this blog series, a continuation of the “Putting Survey Data Into Practice” document released in January. The series incorporates the perspectives of families and providers in relation to key data points, and works towards solutions for families and family-centered care.
Stay tuned every Monday in April at 10am for a new (coffee break) installment of this blog series!
Important points from the survey results (page numbers correspond to the full report):
We wanted to hear from families! What would be some of the best approaches to recognize and address the needs of families who identify as LGBT? The HFF Consumer Advocacy Team (CATs) shared their reflections, summarized here:
Are we doing enough to support the LGBT population?
- As a community, there is not enough being done to support the LGBT population of families experiencing homelessness.
- There is a lack of understanding in what needs to be done to better support LGBT families, and the compounded challenges they may face.
- More training around supporting LGBT families and removing judgement are important steps in the right direction.
This post authored by I.W. & N.M.