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Our Founding

In late 2008, Kate Barnhart reached out to a small group of her friends and associates to discuss creating a new group to serve the homeless youth population in New York City. Kate recognized from her years of involvement with this population that there was an unfilled need for continuous, long-term case management. An independent organization that would consistently support youth in all stages of homelessness and help them embark and progress on the path to self-sufficiency. Under Kate’s leadership, that small group of like-minded individuals assembled a program comprised of case management and life skills education that laid the foundation for New Alternatives.


Our Mission

Guiding by the principles of harm reduction, youth development and empowerment, New Alternatives increases the self-sufficiency of homeless LGBTQ youth to enable them to go beyond the shelter system and transition to stable adult lives.We accomplish this by providing case management, community organizing, life skills groups, community-building recreational activities and supported employment opportunities.


Our Board

Jeremy Heinerich, President
Jeffry Mummert, Treasurer
Andy Humm, Secretary
Kate Barnhart, Executive Director
Grant Woolfolk
Michaela Murphy
Samantha Box

A Few Words from Our Clients (video)
New Alternatives in Action (video)

Mission Statement

Created in 2008, the mission of New Alternatives is to increase the self-sufficiency of homeless LGBT youth and to enable them to transition out of the shelter system and into stable adult lives. We do this by providing case management, education services, life skills training, community-building recreational activities, opportunities for self-expression, and support services for HIV+ youth. Our guiding principles are those of harm reduction, youth development, and empowerment.