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New Alternatives: A Proven Alternative for LGBT Homeless Youth in New York City

As New Yorkers, we know that we live in a city that embraces all people. Regardless of where they come from or who they are, there is a place for everybody. Some lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth who live in other parts of the country where they are not necessarily accepted or understood, know this about New York and end up putting all of their chips on the chance to live in a place where they are not only free to be who they are, but are encouraged to do so. Kids across the country find themselves kicked out of their homes because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, or forced to flee their communities because of harassment or a lack of support. One transgender girl from Georgia fled home after having guns fired at her while she walked to school in the morning. These kids get on a bus or a train and head for our city, only to get here and become part of the ever-growing homeless population.

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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.