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New Alternatives accepts clients who are 16-24 years old, identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, or bisexual, and are “homeless” or at-risk. We define homelessness broadly to include youth living on the street; youth in shelters, transitional living programs, and foster care; youth who are “couch-surfing”; and youth who are trading sex for a place to stay.

Clients are accepted on a walk-in basis on Mondays and Fridays from 11am-4pm at 410 W 40th St, NYC NY 10018. Identification is not required and a referral letter is not necessary. We will provide verification of the client’s attendance upon request.

For more information, contact us.

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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.