Those who identify as LGBTQIA+ are disproportionally represented in the statistics for homelessness in New Zealand.
Census data from 2013 shows 15 percent of transgender people ran away from their home or were kicked out because of their gender.
In addition to this, transgender people who have been rejected by family members, are twice as likely to experience homelessness as to those who were not rejected.
This exacerbated the correlation between lack of acceptance of identity and homelessness.
Therese Go from RainbowYOUTH said emergency housing services were not trans or gender diverse friendly, making it difficult for people in this community to find a home.
Go said that it was even more difficult for the community to find permanent houses in New Zealand due to discrimination and low incomes. According to the Counting Ourselves survey, 68 percent of queer, gender-diverse, and intersex young people have an annual income less than the NZ median income.