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A Brief Overview

New Alternatives provides a range of services designed to help LGBT youth “go beyond” homelessness and transition into stable adult lives.

Basic Needs

Nutritious homemade meals, distribution of hygiene supplies, emergency clothing, metrocards, and urgent referrals for shelter are all part of the ways we meet the basic needs of homeless youth.

Life Skills Training

Whether the topic is HIV prevention or anger management, nutrition or dealing with conflict in the workplace, the skills discussed at our weekly life skills training are relevant and essential.

Case Management

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.


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


Creative writing and video groups give youth a chance to participate in the healing process of working through and sharing their experiences.

Community-Building and Recreational Activities

College tours, BBQs, camping, beach trips, apple-picking; holiday celebrations, and trips to conferences are just some of the many activities that New Alternatives offers year-round.

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.