ALI FORNEY CENTER
Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Issues: Homeless & Housing
Location: 224 West 35th St 1102 New York NY 10001 USA
Mission: The Mission of the Ali Forney Center is to help homeless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning youth be safe and become independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood. Too many of these youth are rejected by their families and the broader community and are thus forced to survive on the streets, facing the dangers of violence, HIV infection and homophobia. The Ali Forney Center is committed to providing homeless LGBT&Q youth with the services they need to thrive, including shelter, HIV Prevention and life skills training.
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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.
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