There are approximately 1.6 million to 2.8 million homeless young people in the United States, and estimates suggest that disproportionate numbers of those youth are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. These vulnerable gay and transgender youth often run away from home because of family conflict and then face overt discrimination when seeking alternative housing, which is compounded by institutionalized discrimination in federally funded programs.*
In New York City, several organizations have been created for youth who find themselves living on the streets. Each of these organizations can help you on your road to living independent and to get you started on achieving your goals.
The Shelter Project at Queers for Economic Justice can help you navigate the shelter system. Contact Jay Toole, 212 564 3608, for further information.
If you have a substance problem clean and sober living is available with Project Renewal.
Project Renewal also offers assistance with housing that includes Geffner House — a shelter for those living with mental illness, HIV/AIDS, or other homeless individuals. 212 620 0340.
Gay Men of African Descent can help with coordinating services free of charge to all LGBTQ individuals. Please contact GMAD today for assistance in transitional housing in this difficult time of your life. 718 222 6300.