Lion House is an LGBTQ-specific transitional and rapid rehousing program that seeks to come from a community first and housing plus approach. Transitional housing is a short term housing program that is designed to best support specific segments of the homeless population, including working homeless people who are earning too little money to afford long-term housing.
LGBTQ people are more represented in the homeless community than they are in the housed population. While national statistics show that 40-43% of homeless youth are LGBTQ, in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, statistics show our area has a greater representation of homeless youth being LGBTQ, at nearly 50%. Statistics on LGBTQ adult homelessness in Kansas City have not yet been compiled from the 2021 Point in Time Count.