An ‘endless cycle’: LGBTQ+ people more likely to become houseless

Illustration of Vincent Ray Williams III over a colorful swirling background of people walking
Aishwarya Jayadeep/Senior Staff
According to a 2020 study, LGBTQ+ people are more than twice as likely to have experienced houselessness in their life than cisgender, straight people.

While growing up in foster care and group homes, Oakland resident Vincent Ray Williams III, born HIV-positive and pansexual, alleged he was stigmatized, outcasted and physically abused when people “caught wind” of his sexual identity.
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