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  Drop-in Centers, Peer Support and Other Resources
Emergency Housing
Legal Assistance
Transgender Services
Violence-Related Services
Handbook for LGBTQ Youth in Care

Drop-in Centers, Peer Support, and Other Resources

Alianza Dominicana
HOPE Program
2410 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10033

Bilingual services for the Spanish-speaking, LGBTQ and HIV-positive community. Offers HIV testing, support groups, counseling, benefits advocacy, and referrals.


400 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Mentorship, skills building, and HIV prevention for Asian and Pacific Islander LGBTQ youth and adults.

Audre Lorde Project

147 W. 24th St., 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10011


85 South Oxford St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Community organizing project for LGBTQ people of color, offering advocacy training, cultural and arts events, and wellness workshops.

147 W. 24th St., 6th Floor
New York, NY 10011

Community organizing, advocacy, and peer support for LGBTQ youth of color.

(Gays and Lesbians of Bushwick Empowered)
301 Grove St. (btwn Myrtle & Knickerbocker)
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Youth projects and after school drop-in group for LGBTQ youth in Bushwick.

Hetrick-Martin Institute
2 Astor Place (near Broadway and 8th St.)
New York, NY 10003

After-school program for LGBTQ youth ages 13-24. Also provides supportive services such as counseling and referrals. Call 1-212-674-2600, ext. 271 to make an appointment, or drop by the center from 3:15–6:30 pm, Mon–Fri. Bring ID if possible.

Latino Youth in Action
1767 Park Ave., 5th Fl. (Between 122nd and 123rd Streets)
New York, NY 10035

975 Kelly St., Suite 402
Bronx, NY 10459

Programs and services including HIV testing for Latino LGBTQ youth and families, Hispanic AIDS Forum. Bilingual.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th St. (between 7th and 8th Aves.)
New York, NY 10011
(TDD/TTY) 800-662-1220

Provides social service, public policy, educational, and cultural/recreational programs, including groups specifically for LGBTQ youth.
Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD)
44 Court Street, Suite 1000
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Resources for gay men of color ages 18 and over, including a drop-in center open most days from 10am-5pm. Also offers a youth internship program; call for more information.

Staten Island LGBTQ Center
25 Victory Blvd., 3rd Fl.
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-808-1360 / 718-808-1353

Youth drop-in space Tues-Fri from 3:00-6:00 pm. Also offers a variety of social, educational, and therapeutic groups for LGBT youth and young adults, ages 13-24.

Green Chimneys

Offers Transitional Living and Nature-Based Career Training programs specifically for LGBTQ homeless and foster care youth. For more information on the Transitional Living program, contact Latoya Anson at 347-514-0752; for more information on the Career Training program, contact Sarah Miles at 845-279-2995, ext. 312.

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The Trevor Lifeline
1-866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)

Nationwide, 24-hour crisis and suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Project also offers help through instant messaging and text, and hosts an online social networking community for LGBTQ youth ages 13-24.

National Runaway Safeline
1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)

24-hour hotline offering support, information, and resources to youth in crisis.

Gay Men’s Health Crisis Hotline
1-800-AIDS-NYC (1-800-243-7692)

For questions related to HIV and AIDS. Wed 10 am—2 pm, Mon and Fri 2 pm—6 pm.

The New York City Anti-Violence Project

For LGBTQ and HIV-positive victims of hate crimes, sexual assault, domestic violence, pick-up crimes, and police misconduct. 24 hours. English and Spanish.

HIV/AIDS Services Administration's ServiceLine

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Emergency Housing

Ali Forney Center
321 West 125th St. (Between Eighth Ave. and St. Nicholas Ave.)
New York, NY 10027
(212) 206-0574

Offers case management, medical and mental health care, employment assistance, food, showers, and emergency housing to homeless LGBTQ youth ages 16-24.

Covenant House
460 West 41st St. at 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 613-0300

Emergency shelter for youth ages 21 and under. Crisis care, counseling, clothing. Open 24 hours.

MCCNY Homeless Youth Services
446 West 36th St. (between 9th & 10th Avenues)
New York, NY 10018
212-629-7740 x226

Emergency shelter and drop-in services for homeless LGBTQ youth ages 18-24, including hot meals, clothing, showers, case management, physical and mental health services, and court advocacy. Open 365 days a year.

Safe Horizon's Streetwork Program

Harlem Drop-In Center

209 W. 125th St.
New York, NY 10027
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri. 12 pm-5 pm
Wed, Sat, Sun (emergencies only)

Lower East Side Drop-In Center
33 Essex St. (between Grand St. and Forsyth St.)
New York, NY 10002
Mon 2 pm-5 pm (injection drug users only)
Tues, Thurs, Fri. 2 pm-7 pm
Wed (emergencies only)

Gay-friendly services for runaway and homeless youth, including food, clothing, showers, medical care, needle exchange, and HIV support group. Ages 24 and under.

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Harvey Milk School
At the Hetrick-Martin Institute
2-10 Astor Place
New York, NY 10003

Harvey Milk is a public school for LGBTQ youth that provides a comprehensive high school curriculum with mandatory State Regents Exams. To qualify, you must be at least 16 years old and meet the requirements listed here.

Legal Rights Handbook for LGBTQ Public School Students
Advocates for Children has published a 24-page booklet covering issues facing LGBTQ teens. The booklet spells out your rights and specific steps to take if you are harassed at school, if you need to switch schools, if you become homeless, and more. The booklet provides resources including gay-friendly shelters, health clinics, and legal clinics.

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Legal Assistance

Lamda Legal Defense and Education Fund
Youth in Out-of-Home-Care Project 866-LGBTEEN (866-542-8336)

Works to improve services for LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care. Call their help line if you’ve experienced bias in foster care due to your sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or HIV status.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project
147 West 24th St., 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011

Provides free legal services for trans youth, including issues related to benefits, immigration, school, name-changes, and police.

Urban Justice Center
Peter Cicchino Youth Project

Offers free legal services to LGBTQ youth, including help with immigration, public benefits, discrimination, and more. Call to make an appointment.

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Transgender Services

Gender Identity Project
The LGBTQ Community Center
208 W. 13th St.
New York, NY 10011

Peer Counseling, advocacy, and support groups for everyone on the transgender spectrum.

Positive Health Project
301 W. 37th St.,  #3 (near 8th Ave.)
New York, NY 10018

Counseling, services, and needle exchange for the trans community.
Mon-Fri 10 am-5 pm; needle exchange also open Saturday 10am-2pm.

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Violence-Related Services

The New York City Anti-Violence Project
240 West 35th Street Suite 200
New York, NY 10001
24-hour hotline: (212) 714-1141

Crisis assistance, counseling, and advocacy for LGBTQ and HIV-positive victims of violence.

Handbook for LGBTQ Youth in Care

Click here for You Are Not Alone, a guide from Lawyers for Children that includes resources for LGBTQ youth in care and information on your rights in the system.

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