Mission: Ali forney center, inc. S mission is to protect lgbtq youth from the harm of homelessness and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.
Programs: The emergency housing program consists of different sites in brooklyn and queens that provide temporary housing for lgbtq youth in safe, nurturing and staff-supervised apartments. The shelters offer these young people a secure and comfortable place of up to 30 days in the crisis shelter and up to 6 months in hopwa funded site away from the difficulties of street. The transitional housing programs allows lgbtq youth to reside in transitional housing programs for up to two years while afc assists them in gaining employment and continuing their education. We assist also with gaining financial stability. This program currently serves up to 30 lgbtq youth at a time. For emergency housing program, 215 young people were provided with housing and 71 residents moved into a longer-term housing situation. For transitional housing, 32 people were provided with housing. 15 residents moved into permanent housing and 16 residents increased their income.
the afc drop-in center was started in february 2005 in response to lack of much needed expanded clinical and supportive services to unsheltered lgbtq youth between the ages of 16 to 24. The drop-in center introduces homelesss lgbtq youth to a safe, supportive environment where prevention and treatment services are offered in an effort to reduce risk, stabilize and connect them to services. 151 clients received psychiatic evaluation, 131 clients engaged in mental health counseling and 32 clients engaged in art therapy. 348 hiv tests were conducted, 9 out of 11 clients who tested positive for hiv were successfully linked with medical care.
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Ali Forney serves homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth in New York City. They stand alone in serving this population. I first became familiar with them because my own organization funds services to HIV positive New Yorkers. The need for help for homeless youth is great, and more than half of these in New York City are LGBTQ. LGBTQ youths are much more likely to be victims of violence than straight youths, so these special housing services and other services are essential. Even worse, the Ali Forney drop-in center was completely flooded during SuperStorm Sandy, and their office and equipment were ruined. This was where they received food, showers, clothing, medical care, HIV testing and treatment, and mental health and substance abuse services.