"Adequate, Stable, and Safe housing is foundational to human

well-being and flourishing."

Williams Institute

Changing FACES Community Approach

Freedom of Access to Community, Equity and Support

Transgender and non-binary youth who reported having pronouns respected by all or most people in their lives attempted suicide at half the rate of those who did not have their pronouns respected.

More than 3.4 transgender and non-binary youth reported symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.


Affirming gender identity among transgender and nonbinary youth is consistently associated with lower rates of suicide attempts.

Nearly 1/2 of transgender and nonbinary youth didn’t receive wanted mental health care due to concerns related to the LGBTQ competence of providers.

Objective: Increasing the capacity of providers qualified to provide quality gender affirming mental health support.

Intervention: Changing Faces will offer training and consultation to mental health providers seeking to increase their knowledge in supporting the gender diverse community.

The number of adult transgender individuals experiencing homelessness increased 88% since 2016

Transgender Homeless Adults & Unsheltered Homelessness: What the Data Tell Us July, 2020

Challenges such as discrimination, rejection, and legal battles; and physical and behavioral health battles are exacerbated when they are homeless.

Transgender Homeless Adults & Unsheltered Homelessness: What the Data Tell Us July, 2020


The number experiencing unsheltered homelessness increased 113% during the same period.

Transgender Homeless Adults & Unsheltered Homelessness: What the Data Tell Us July, 2020


Objective : Identify and implement quality programs to reduce homelessness and housing insecurity faced by gender diverse individuals.

Intervention: To connect individuals to programs that will empower gender diverse young adults toward housing security and independence i.e. Triangle Community Center, New Haven Pride Center and PFLAG.



Objective: Accessing programs and services aimed at increasing housing affordability and reducing housing instability, and take corrective actions as necessary.

Intervention: Partnering with community entities who are dedicated to homelessness prevention for the gender diverse community. Partnering with community businesses to provide gender affirming services and employment opportunities.


Objective: Support gender diverse young adults in securing safe and affirming housing and employment.

Intervention: Partnering with businesses to provide gender inclusive employment opportunities. Partnering with property owner to provide gender inclusive housing options.


Objective: Expand housing and shelter options for gender diverse young adults so that they are sheltered safely and appropriately, and increase access to gender affirming community resources.

Intervention: Develop a non-traditional housing options to connect participants to. i.e. gender affirming host homes or apartment sharing.

Only 1:5 transgender and nonbinary youth reported having their pronouns respected by all or most of the people in their lives.


40% of transgender and nonbinary youth reported being physically threatened or harmed due to their gender identity,


61% of transgender and nonbinary youth reported being prevented or discouraged from using a bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.


Objective: To provide emergency assistance to pay for or identify temporary affirming shelter.

Intervention: Allocate funds to pay for temporary emergency shelter, such as, hotels or respite host when appropriate.

Objective: To ensure that staff become and remain informed on supporting and affirming gender diverse people.

Intervention: Require transgender specific training for all staff and entities partnering with Changing FACES.

Objective: Reducing homelessness and housing instability faced by gender diverse young adults by supporting family reunification.

Intervention: Refer the participant to safe spaces that support family connection.

Intervention: Educate parents on the impact of family support for the participant.

Intervention: Refer the family to a mental health professional to assist with the healing process.

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The U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS) is the largest survey of trans people in the United States. The USTS documents the lives and experiences of trans people in the U.S. and U.S. territories.

U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS) 2015

https://www.ustranssurvey.org/reports#USTS



The Trevor Project’s 2021 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health sheds light on many of the challenges faced by transgender and non-binary youth ages 13–24 across the United States.

National Survey Of LGBTQ Youth Mental Health (2021)

www.thetrevorproject.org/survey-2021/