Ali Forney Center (AFC), Harlem Drop-In Center, 321 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027. 212-206-0574. AFC's mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently. Since AFC's launch with just six beds in a church basement, the organization has grown to become the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths in the country—assisting over 2,000 youths per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center which provides over 70,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered site housing program.
Barrier Free Living (BFL), 637 East 138th Street, Bronx, NY 10454. 929-281-2283. Celebrating its 40th year in New York City, BFL works with survivors of domestic violence with disabilities at our shelter and programs. An innovator in providing services to singles, adults and families, we offer support, empowerment and hope. We offer live chat on our website. You can reach our Secret Garden program at 212-533-4358 and the deaf services team at 646-807-4013. Our Freedom House shelter is at 212-400-6470.
CAMBA, 1720 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226. 718-287-2600. We are proud to share our long history of developing innovative, targeted programs and services that help more than 65,000 New Yorkers each year build a foundation of economic stability, educational fulfillment, strong families, and healthy lives. From homelessness prevention to supportive housing; from employment training to after school programs and college access; from family shelter and support to increasing affordable housing, CAMBA provides holistic services to help struggling New Yorkers stabilize their lives and become self-sufficient. Through more than 160 impactful programs throughout the five boroughs, we have worked to keep communities strong so that all New Yorkers thrive. For example, CAMBA’s Project Accept LGBTQ Youth (Project ALY) promotes acceptance from parents and family members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth – a proven strategy for decreasing risk of future health or mental health problems among this highly at-risk group.
The Door, 555 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013. 212-941-9090 or text “THEDOOR” to 66746. The Door’s mission is to empower young people ages 12-24 to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. We offer a range of integrated programs and services, both virtual and onsite, including reproductive and primary health care, mental health counseling, crisis management, legal assistance, academic and college prep services, career development, housing, sports and recreation, meals, and arts programming, with targeted supports for the LGBTQ+ population. All services are both free & confidential. Essential services, including food pantry items, to-go meals, clothing, hygiene items, laundry access, and counseling, are available onsite Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm.
Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), 307 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10018. 212-367-1000. GMHC is the world’s first HIV and AIDS service organization. GMHC serves nearly 10,000 clients in New York City with comprehensive psychosocial and prevention services, including HIV/STI testing, meals and nutrition, supportive housing, advocacy for benefits and health insurance, mental health and substance use counseling, workforce development and more. GMHC’s programs have made substantial contributions to reducing new HIV infections and ensuring people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS are connected to care and treatment.
Greenhope Services for Women, 435 East 119th Street, New York, NY 10035. 212-360-4002. Established in 1975 in East Harlem, Greenhope Services for Women provides residential recovery services with the goal of supporting women as they explore the intersection of their addiction, mental health, court involvement, and trauma and achieve abstinence from substance use, as well as their other, individualized goals. Using a gender-responsive, trauma-informed, client-centered lens, Greenhope provides comprehensive care for women to identify, develop, and achieve their goals. Greenhope also offers a mother-child program for individuals who are pregnant, parenting a young child (up until 5 years of age), or working towards family reunification.
Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), 2 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003. 212-674-2400. HMI has been serving LGBTQ youth since 1979, the longest history of any such organization in the US. We share our experience through program models, trainings, resources, and advocacy work. At HMI we believe all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. HMI creates this environment for LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13 and 24 and their families. Services are free of charge all year round, including crucial summer months when schools and other programs are not in session.
Housing Works - East New York Community Health Center, 2640 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11208. 347-949-1978. Housing Works' Youth and Prevention Services (YPS) connects New York City's youth with compassionate healthcare in a judgment-free environment. Through street outreach, online tools, and strategic partnerships, we can reach youth and adolescents in underserved communities while informing them about sexual and general health. HWYPS aims to specialize in serving young gay men of color, young men who have sex with men (YMSM), MSM and transgender people of color of any age, active drug users, LGBTQ youth, and the homeless or unstably housed. HWYPS provides virtual programming to clients enrolled in our OASAS Youth Clubhouse. Connect with us on our social media platforms, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, using the handle name HWYPS.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011. 212-620-7310. Established in 1983 as a result of the AIDS crisis, The Center has grown and evolved over the last four decades, creating and delivering services that empower people to lead healthy, successful lives. The Center continues to serve the LGBTQ community through virtual support services, launched almost immediately after our building closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We offer a wide range of services including virtual one-on-one counseling; substance use treatment and support groups; virtual youth drop-in space; online arts and culture programming; health insurance navigation; and a virtual “front desk” to respond to community inquiries.
Live Out Loud, 25 Broadway – 12th Floor, New York, NY 10004. 646-653-4312. Live Out Loud is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering LGBTQ+ youth by connecting them with successful LGBTQ+ professionals in their community, in partnership with families, schools, and communities. We provide LGBTQ+ youth with resources, role models, and opportunities to help them discover their own voice and become leaders of change. Live Out Loud forges these crucial connections through innovative programming that includes: bringing positive LGBTQ+ role models into schools; bringing LGBTQ+ youth into workplaces to meet LGBTQ+ professionals from all walks of life; and providing financial, educational, and mentoring support to young scholars and leaders.
The Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI), One Gustav L. Levy Place, New York, NY 10029. 212-423-2140. SAVI is dedicated to validating, healing and empowering survivors and their supporters to lead safe, healthy lives through advocacy, free and confidential therapy and public education. Using a survivor-centered, culturally-sensitive model, our licensed mental health professionals provide free and confidential trauma therapy, advocacy, and referral services to survivors of rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, sex trafficking/ exploitation, and intimate partner violence in 11 different languages and in 6 different locations. These services are also extended to the survivor’s family members and friends. The specialized individual and group therapy provided at SAVI is accessible to all, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, or socioeconomic status. SAVI supports the re-empowerment of survivors, strengthening their families and neighborhoods in the process. Programs include the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program (SAFE) and the Program Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Human Trafficking.
New Alternatives NYC, 410 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018. 718-300-0133. New Alternatives NYC provides case management, hot meals, individual counseling, support groups, life skills classes, and general support services for homeless LGBTQ youth (ages up to mid-20s) in person and virtually. Our hours: M-F 1pm-6pm, Sunday 1pm-7pm, and closed Saturday.
Project Hospitality - Youth Drop In Center, 27 Port Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302. 718-876-4752. Project Hospitality’s Youth Services are designed to protect runaway and homeless youth and to ensure that young people have access to the resources they need to get off the streets and stabilize their lives. These include a Youth Drop In Center, Transitional Independent Living Housing Programs for youth ages 16-20, and Transitional Independent Living Housing Program for youth ages 21-24. These Youth Services provide a range of direct services to youth between the ages of 14- 24 years old, including crisis intervention, assessments, food, clothing, case management, counseling, mental health services, housing referrals, restrooms, employment assistance, and access to computers.
SCO Family of Services – Brooklyn Youth Center, 774 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212. 718-685-3850. SCO Family of Services has provided vital human services throughout New York City and Long Island for 125 years, getting young children off to a good start, launching youth into adulthood, stabilizing and strengthening families and unlocking potential for children and adults with special needs. The Brooklyn Youth Center provides a wide array of services to at-risk, runaway and homeless youth ages 14-24, and on a 24-7 basis. We treat all youth and their families with dignity, respect, privacy, and utmost confidentiality. BYC staff provide crisis intervention, counseling and mediation and encourage clients to participate in life skills, work readiness assistance, and educational counseling.
The Trevor Project, midtown Manhattan (address protected). 866-488-7386 or text to 678-678. The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide.
Mayor's Commission on Gender Equity (CGE), 253 Broadway ‐ 4th Floor, New York, NY 10007. 212-346-6353. Concerned that far too many New Yorkers continue to face discrimination because of their gender, Mayor de Blasio established the Commission on Gender Equity in June 2015 to address issues of inequity and discrimination facing girls, women, and transgender and gender non-binary persons regardless of ability, age, ethnicity/race, faith, gender expression, immigrant status, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. In September 2016, the City Council and the de Blasio Administration determined that it was essential to permanently establish CGE, ensuring a long-term focus on eliminating gender discrimination in New York City. To successfully carry out its mandate, CGE operates with an intersectional lens: the populations of focus will be girls, women, and transgender and gender non-binary individuals regardless of ability, age, ethnicity/race, faith, gender expression, immigrant status, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), 253 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007. 212-788-7654. The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) serves as a bridge between immigrant communities and City agencies as well as promotes policies that support the well-being of immigrants in New York City. Our office promotes the full and active participation of immigrant New Yorkers in the civic, economic, and cultural life of the City of New York. We prioritize three broad goals: enhance the economic, civic, and social integration of immigrant New Yorkers; facilitate access to justice for immigrant New Yorkers; and advocate for continued immigration reforms at all levels of government in order to eliminate inequities that impact New York's immigrant communities.
The New York City Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. 212-416-0197. The New York City Human Rights Law is one of the most comprehensive civil rights laws in the nation. The law prohibits discrimination and harassment in employment, housing, and public places based on a number of protected categories including gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, and many more. The law also prohibits discriminatory harassment and bias-based profiling by law enforcement. The City Human Rights Law protects the LGBTQI community from discrimination if living, working, or visiting New York City. If you or a member of the LGBTQI community have experienced or witnessed discrimination or harassment in New York City, you can report it by calling our Infoline 212-416-0197, or visiting NYC.gov/HumanRights and using the Report Discrimination form. The law also protects from retaliation for reporting an incident of discrimination.