First Advisor

Ben Anderson-Nathe

Date of Award

Spring 6-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Social Work and University Honors


Social Work




Sexual minorities -- Services for -- Oregon -- Portland, Poor -- Services for -- Oregon – Portland, Needs assessment




Research shows a significant link between being LGBTQ+ and living in poverty, but little research has been done on what services are available to providers and individuals in need. This study was conducted to discover what types of social services are available to low-income LGBTQ+ people living in Portland, Oregon, and what services providers identify as unmet needs. This study consisted of a series of interviews with service providers to find out what services they offer and what they feel is still missing. Data was analyzed following a qualitative data analysis method. Data showed that housing was the largest unmet need identified by providers and community was the most common service offered. The largest barrier to more services identified is cultural misalignment. This data was used to create a resource list for individuals and service providers.


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