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May 27, 2024 | Nancy Chen

List of Shelters for the LGBTQ+ Community in NYC

We've compiled a list of shelters that are LGBTQ+ friendly.

New York City has many community organizations that provide shelters that support the LGBTQ+ community. More organizations that serve LGBTQ+ New Yorkers are listed at NYC Probation Department’s website.

Also Read: LGBTQ+ Asylum Seekers Allege Discrimination in Shelters

Also Read: LGBT in NYC: Where to Get Healthcare, Name Change Services and More

Ali Forney Center (AFC) Harlem Drop-in Center
Ali Forney Center aims to protect homeless LGBTQ+ youth from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to be independent. Founded in 2002, it is now the nation’s largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBTQ+ youth. It has a 24-hour drop-in center and provides shelters for homeless youth. The “Get Help” page on their website provides many resources.

Address: 307 W. 38th St., 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10018

Open hours: Open for new intakes Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Phone number: 212-206-0574

Barrier Free Living (BFL)
BFL offers a range of programs supporting survivors of domestic violence with disabilities and their families.

Address: 637 E. 138th St., Bronx, NY 10454

Phone number: 929-281-2283; Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233, 800-787-3224 (TTY); Domestic violence shelter: 212-400-6470; Counseling and support: 212-533-4358

Live Chat: https://www.bflnyc.org/chat/

CAMBA offers a range of housing stability programs, including homelessness prevention, supportive housing, family shelter and support to increase affordable housing and more. It helps over 65,000 New Yorkers each year to build a foundation of economic stability, educational fulfillment, strong families, and healthy lives. It also has Project LEAP (LGBTQ+ Education and Acceptance Project), promoting acceptance from parents and family members of LGBTQ youth.

Address: 1720 Church Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11226

Open hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; walk-ins available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Phone number: 718-287-2600

Email: info@CAMBA.org

The Door
The Door aims “to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment.” They serve up to 11,000 youth every year across NYC. You can read more about their housing program on their website.

Address: 555 Broome St., New York, NY 10013

Open hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Phone number: 212-941-9090 or text “THEDOOR” to 66746

More contact info: https://www.door.org/contact/

Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)
Being the world’s first HIV and AIDS service organization, GMHC serves nearly 10,000 clients in NYC with comprehensive psychosocial and prevention services. Their programs include HIV/STI testing, meals and nutrition, supportive housing, advocacy for benefits and health insurance, mental health and substance use counseling, workforce development and more.

Their housing service is only open to people living with HIV/AIDS.

Address: 307 E. 38th St., New York, NY 10018

Open hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone number: 212-367-1000; Supportive Housing: 212-367-1078

More contact info: https://www.gmhc.org/contact/

Greenhope Services for Women
Established in 1975, Greenhope Services for Women provides residential recovery services for women. It is part of the Acacia Network, a human services organization in NYC that provides homeless shelter services.

Address: 435 E. 119th St., New York, NY 10035

Phone number: 212-360-4002

Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI)
HMI has been serving LGBTQ youth since 1979, the longest history of such an organization in the U.S. It aims to foster healthy youth development and create a safe environment for LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13 and 24 and their families. It has housing referrals and many other services and resources.

Address: 2 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003

Open hours: Monday–Friday, 3:30–7:30 p.m., closed every first Thursday of the month

Phone number: 212-674-2400; 212-674-2600 (staff available for calls Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Housing Works – East New York Community Health Center
Since 1990, HWYPS has provided comprehensive services to over 30,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS or at-risk infection. It 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. They also provide housing to homeless New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS and/or other chronic health conditions.

Address: 2640 Pitkin Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11208

Phone number: 347-949-1978; 718-277-0386

Fill out their online form.

New Alternatives NYC
Alternatives NYC offers a range of services, including case management, hot meals, individual counseling, support groups, life skills classes, and general support services for homeless LGBTQ youth (ages up to mid-20s).

Address: 410 W. 40th St., New York, NY 10018

Phone number: 718-300-0133; 718-902-7653

Email: info@newalternativesnyc.org

Project Hospitality – Youth Drop-In Center
Project Hospitality provides a range of services that serve young and elderly New Yorkers and specifically women’s emergency services and domestic violence intervention. They also provide 24-hour outreach services to homeless individuals.

Shelter address: 150 Richmond Terrace, upper level, Staten Island, NY 10302

Open hours: 24/7

Phone number: 718-720-0079

SCO Family of Services – Brooklyn Youth Center
SCO Family of Services has a range of services targeted towards homeless youth, including crisis intervention, counseling and meditation. There is also an LGBTQ Residential Program, offering 24-hour care for people ages 15 to 21 who are in foster care across the city.

Address: 774 Rockaway Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11212

Open hours: 24/7

Phone number: 516-671-1253

Trinity Place Shelter
Trinity Place Shelter is non-sectarian, providing LGBTQ youth and young adults with a 10-bed transitional shelter. They also offer individual and group counseling, independent living supportive services, and access to transportation.

Address: 164 West 100th Street, New York, New York 10025

Phone number: 646-580-7045

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