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Ali Forney Center

New York New York City Etats-Unis USA

The nation's most comprehensive housing program for homeless LGBTQ youth La centre d'hébergement le plus complet pour les jeunes LGBTQ sans-abris

The Ali Forney Center (AFC) 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. LGBTQ youth comprises up to 40% of the homeless youth population in New York City and experiences greater risks, abuses and violence than their heterosexual counterparts in the homeless youth population. The AFC houses and protects homeless LGBTQ youth living on the streets of New York by providing a continuum of services including emergency and transitional housing, mental health services, life skills trainings, educational and career programs, and more.

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The Challenges

Les Challenges

40% 40% of NYC's homeless youth identifies as LGBTQ of NYC's homeless youth identifies as LGBTQ
Over 50% 50% of LGBTQ youth are subject to sex trafficking after 72hrs of homelessness of LGBTQ youth are subject to sex trafficking after 72hrs of homelessness
7 / 10 7 / 20 mention family rejection as a major factor contributing to LGBTQ youth homelessness mention family rejection as a major factor contributing to LGBTQ youth homelessness
14.4 14.4 is the average age that homeless lesbian and gay youth in NYC become homeless. is the average age that homeless lesbian and gay youth in NYC become homeless.

Key facts Éléments Clés

• Area of operations supported by Epic • Zones d'opérations soutenues par Epic
Age Range Âge ciblé 16 — 24 16 à 24 ans
Beneficiaries Bénéficiaires 1,450 1 450
Sectors Secteurs Rights & Protection Droits et Protection
Staff Personnel 150 150
Budget Budget $10,194,525 $10 194 525
Year established Lancement 2002 2002
(2017 data estimates) (Donnés;es estimées 2017)

Key Programs

Programmes principaux

Prevention, outreach & treatment for HIV/AIDS Prevention, outreach & treatment for HIV/AIDS

The Ali Forney Center provides LGBTQ youth with a wide range of healthcare services including testing and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and Sexually Transmitted Infections, Hormone Replacement Therapy and contraceptives. At least 20% of AFC's clients are tested HIV positive and receive treatment.

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Ali Forney Drop-In-Center Ali Forney Drop-In-Center

The Ali Forney Drop-In-Center in Harlem provides LGBTQ youth with food, medical care, mental health services, and other support services. Over 1,300 homeless youth access the drop-in center yearly.

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Outreach Program Outreach Program

This program provides supportive services and educational programs to homeless, runaway, street-based and at-risk LGBTQ youth. The program, delivered by a peer outreach educator, works with local schools, community centers, & religious organizations across five boroughs in New York City to identify at-risk LGBTQ youth.

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AFC Emergency Housing Program AFC Emergency Housing Program

Hosted in homelike apartments with nightly home-cooked meals, located in Queens and Brooklyn, the program lasts 1-6 months and it includes consistent in kind and emotional support. AFC has an average waiting list of 200 young people looking for shelter.

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Transitional Housing Program Transitional Housing Program

AFC offers beds in shared apartments located in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The program lasts for up to two-years while participants maintain employment, continue their education and prepare for living on their own. Currently, 77% of our transitional housing residents are in school and 99% are employed.

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Job Readiness Program Job Readiness Program

The Learning, Education, Advancement and Placement (LEAP) program is a 6 months multi-dimensional vocational and educational preparation course for homeless LGBTQ youth between the ages of 18-24. LEAP, housed in the Ali Forney Drop-In Center, is helping most at-risk youth passing the National Work Readiness Credential exam, acquiring soft skills and on the job training for them to become independent adults.

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