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Programs & Services

New Alternatives provides the following services for Homeless LGBT youth (ages 16-24):



Metro Baptist Church
410 West 40th Street
NYC NY 10018


Community Dinner

Sundays 5pm @ Metro Baptist Church


Life Skills Group

Sundays 7pm @ Metro Baptist Church
We offer an interactive Life Skills group that focuses on various issues relevant to the LGBT youth community, including suicide, HIV prevention, living with HIV, and housing rights.


Case Management Drop-In Clinic

Fridays 1pm-6pm @ Metro Baptist Church
This is the place for young people to bring their problems, none too small or too big. Arrest warrants, finding a long-lost mother, applying for disability benefits, returning to high school, back taxes . . . we help with it all.


Basic Needs

New Alternatives provides items to meet the basic needs of homeless youth, especially those who are living on the street. In addition to hot meals, we have a food pantry of items that do not require cooking. We also distribute donated clothing; hats, gloves and scarves in winter months; socks; underwear; blankets; and hygiene items such as razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and sanitary pads.


Safe Space & Snacks

Clients are offered a safe space to study, do paperwork, and develop plans towards meeting their goals.


Private Tutoring by Appointment

Volunteer tutors help with GED and SAT preparation, as well as college applications and financial aid paperwork.


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.