Housing and Shelter

General Housing and Shelter

National Recommended Best Practices for Serving LGBT Homeless Youth
This policy brief by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Lambda Legal, the National Network for Youth, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights provides a brief overview of homelessness among LBGT youth. It makes recommendations about improving practice, improving organizational culture, and improving residential services.

Transgender Housing Network
On-line clearing house of available housing options throughout the US, including couches, apartments, shelters, and other resources.

Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund: Housing & Shelter Project
New York: 151 West 19th Street, Suite 1103
(646) 862-9396, gro.lagelrednegsnart|ofni#gro.lagelrednegsnart|ofni
Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) works to protect people from housing discrimination. Website includes information, including facts & figures and publications about housing discrimination and homelessness among transgender people.

Capital Region Housing and Shelter

Ages 13-24 (Youth)

Equinox Youth Services
Equinox House for Youth (Ages 13-17), Transitional Living Program (Ages 16-21)
Albany: 35 S. Ferry St; (518) 465-9524
Equinox is Albany's sole provider of emergency housing for runaway and homeless youth. Equinox offers a full range of positive youth development services and programs to help teens and young adults. These services and programs include an outreach center, street outreach, HIV/AIDS and drug education, counseling, referrals, mentoring, recreational activities, and field trips.

Ages 18+ (Adults)

Equinox is a non-profit community organization in the Capital Region serving adults and adolescents with chemical dependence, victims of domestic violence, adults living with mental illness, and teens and homeless youth. The organization provides transitional housing and shelter for these populations.

Central New York Housing and Shelter

Booth House (Salvation Army)
Syracuse: 3624 Midland Avenue
(315) 471-7628 / 1 (800) 660-6999

Booth House is a shelter and counseling service for runaway and homeless youth, ages 13-17 (those younger than 13 will be determined on a case by case basis). During times of crisis, youth are able to access shelter services for up to 60 days. Services may be initiated by contacting our 24-hour hotline. The Salvation Army provides residential and non-residential services to over 800 runaway, homeless and high-risk youth annually. The Q Center in Syracuse works directly with this shelter.

Vera House
24-Hour Crisis & Support Line: (315) 468-3260
Vera House offers emergency shelter services to people in crisis and their children. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at two confidential locations. LGBTQ-specific services available. Call crisis line for more information.

Hudson Valley Housing and Shelter

Unity House of Troy: Housing & Support Services
Troy: 33 Second Street
(518) 272-1611
Unity House offers several housing options so that adults with mental illness, people with HIV/AIDS, people who are homeless, and victims of domestic violence can live safely and self sufficiently in the community with dignity and independence. Housing services are provided on an individual's level of functioning and personal choice at the least restrictive level of care.

Long Island Housing and Shelter

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE)
Main Office - Bethpage: 191 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Road, (516) 870-1600
Family Wellness & Community Service - Hauppauge: 120 Plant Ave, (631) 273-1300
Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) is a large not-for-profit headquartered in Bethpage, NY but whose services reach areas from East Hampton to Queens. FREE offers residential, mental health, general health services, employment, and other general support services to people with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and traumatic brain injury. Staff are regularly trained in LGBT issues, and some staff identify as trans. FREE also has a an LGBT advocacy group (Free to Be) that meets on a monthly basis, which includes LGBT clients and staff.
FREE offers housing options for people with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. Located in Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens, FREE offers Supervised Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRAs), in which service providers develop individualized plans for care, with 24 hour support and supervision to individuals; intermediate care facilities (on-site 24-hour clinic available with Nursing, Psychological, and Nutritional services); and residential services for people with mental illness.

Nassau Haven
(516) 221-1310
Nassau Haven is a 12-bed emergency shelter, providing short-term housing, case management and respite services to runaway and homeless youth in Nassau County. Also provides services such as assistance securing housing, access to family mediation services, educational and vocational assistance, and medical and mental health resources.

New York City Housing and Shelter

Queers for Economic Justice: Shelter Organizing Project
Contact: Shelter Project Director, Jay Toole gro.je4q|yaj#gro.je4q|yaj
General Office Info: 147 W. 24th Street, 4th Floor; (212) 564-3608
Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ)'s Shelter Organizing Project aims to build community and train leaders with support, education, and advocacy for LGBT homeless and low-income communities. QEJ runs outreach and support groups at homeless shelters across New York City, provides referrals to LGBT-sensitive services, provides leadership development training for low-income LGBT people, provides trainings for shelter residents, advocates for the rights of low-income and homeless LGBT, organizes LGBT people on public assistance, and advocates more broadly for fair policies in the shelter system.

Ages 13-24 (Youth)

Ali Forney Center
Ages 16-24
224 W. 35th St., Ste 1102, Manhattan
(212) 222-3427
Emergency housing, transitional housing, and social services for homeless LGBTQ young people. Day program, street outreach, case management, medical care, HIV testing & counseling, mental health, food, showers, employment assistance, and housing.

Green Chimneys
Ages 16-20
For information and referrals: (718) 732-1501
Referrals for homeless young people: (718) 732-1507
The NYC Division of Green Chimneys provides housing and social services to LGBTQ young people who are homeless or in foster care in multiple NYC locations.

Sylvia’s Place
Metropolitan Community Church of New York
Ages 18-24
Manhattan: 446 W 36th St.
(212) 629-7440 x226
6-bed shelter for LGBTQI runaway and homeless young people. Also offers case management, mental health services, and a shelter.

Safe Horizon—Streetwork Project
For young people under 24
(800) 708-6600
Drop-in centers offer meals, supportive services, social activities, support groups, syringe exchange, medical care, and referrals to residential programs.

Streetwork Harlem Drop-In Center
209 W. 125th. St., Manhattan
(212) 695-2220
M, T, Th, F 12-5 pm

Lower East Side Drop-In Center
Manhattan: 33 Essex St.
(646) 602-6404
M 2-5 (injection drug users only); T,Th,F 2-7

Trinity Place
Ages 18-24
Manhattan: 164 W. 100th St.
(646) 580-7045
10-bed transitional shelter for LGBTQ young people located in Trinity Lutheran Church. Offers referrals to medical services, case management, education, career counseling, art classes, mental health services, and more.

True Colors
Ages 18-24
Manhattan: 267-269 W. 154th St.
(212) 873-6300
Permanent supportive housing and social services for runaway and homeless young people.
Application: www.youthsuccessnyc.org/PDF/2011_true_colors_residence.pdf

Ages 18+ (Adults and Elders)

Under DHS policy, you have the right to be housed according to the gender you identify as. Shelter workers are required to call you by the name and pronouns you go by and to place you in a shelter that matches your gender, regardless of what your ID documents say.

• You cannot be forced to use or go to a facility that does not match your gender
• You cannot be forced to dress in a way that does not match your gender
• For more information, or for assistance if you are experiencing trans discrimination in the shelter system, contact the Sylvia Rivera Law Project at 212-337-8550.

New York City Shelter System
If you are homeless, you have a right to shelter in New York City. You can seek assistance by going to any of the intake shelters listed below. There are no adult LGBT or trans-specific shelters in New York City. If you are having difficulty applying for shelter or receiving a bed, or if you have any questions, you can get help at the Coalition for the Homeless Crisis Intervention Program. 129 Fulton St., Manhattan. Arrive before 9 AM to receive help on a first-come-first-served basis.

City Intake Shelters
30th St. Men's Shelter
Manhattan: 400-430 30th St. at First Ave.
6 train to 28th St and walk to 30th St & 1st Ave.

Brooklyn Women's Shelter
Brooklyn: 116 Williams Ave.
Take the C train to Liberty Ave.

Franklin Women's Shelter
Bronx: 1122 Franklin Avenue at East 166th St.
Take the 2 or 5 train to 149th St / 3rd Ave and the 55 Bus to 3rd Ave and E.166th St.

Prevention and Temporary Housing (PATH)
For families with children under 21
Bronx: 151 East 151st St.
Take the 2, 4, or 5 train to 149th Street/Grand Concourse. Walk north on Grand Concourse two blocks, to E. 151st St. and turn left. Walk two blocks to Walton Avenue.

HIV/AIDS Service Administration
(212) 971-0626
People who are HIV+ and meet HASA’s medical and financial eligibility requirements may be eligible for housing and financial assistance from HASA. If you are interested in HASA please see a case manager at your medical facility or at an HIV/AIDS service organization.

Mental Health Housing—Office of Mental Health

People who experience serious mental illnesses and meet OMH’s mental health requirements may be eligible for supported housing. Homeless people living with serious mental illness may qualify for priority housing. If you are interested in Supported Mental Health Housing, please see a case manager at your medical facility, ask your therapist, or ask a case manager at any mental health support program you attend.

NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA)
(718) 707-7771
Bronx/Manhattan: 478 E Fordham Rd. 2nd Fl., Bronx
Brooklyn/S.I.: 787 Atlantic Ave., 2nd Fl., Brooklyn
Queens: 90-27 Sutphin Boulevard, 4th Fl.
Very long wait lists (2+ years). Eligible applicants will be added to waitlist. Must meet the income limits, be a citizen or documented resident, and be over 18. Call to get an application, or visit a Customer Contact Center (Open M-F 8-5) .

Section 8
New Section 8 applications are not being processed.

Coalition for the Homeless
Manhattan: 129 Fulton St.
(212) 776-2000
Assistance for people who are homeless or at risk, including: problems at shelters and intake centers; benefits; mailing address; housing; referrals for: shelter, clothing, food, counseling, legal services, recovery and detox, job training, medical and mental health services, domestic violence counseling, immigration services, assistance with IDs, and more. Walk-in M-F before 9 AM for first-come-first-serve basis.

Goddard Riverside Outreach Team
(212) 595-3066 and (212) 785-6690
Provides outreach to street-homeless people in NYC residing in specific areas, including the subway system.

Housing Works: Transgender Transitional Housing Program
Brooklyn: 2611 Pitkin Ave.
718-827-8700 x150
Transitional housing for transgender people living with HIV/AIDS. The program has 23 scattered-site apartments and residents also participate in Housing Works East Adult Day Health Care programming.

MainChance Shelter
Manhattan: East 32nd St.
(212) 883-0680 Ext. 301
Food, clothing, showers, space for resting, and social services including housing assistance, treatment referrals, and employment counseling. Has some experience working with transgender people.

Sanctuary for Families
(212) 349-6009
Provides counseling, shelter, legal, and other services to victims of domestic violence and their children in New York City. Work with clients from all backgrounds, with specialized services for immigrants (including targeted outreach to African women and Spanish-speaking women), LGBTQ people, and victims of sex trafficking. If you or someone you know is in need of help, call Sanctuary for Families: (212) 349–6009.

Safe Home Project
HOTLINE: (718) 499-2151
LGBT Shelter for Survivors of Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence. Inclusive of trans women.

Safe Horizon
Domestic Violence: (800) 621-4673
Crime Victims: (866) 689-4357
Rape, Sexual Assault and Incest: (212) 227-3000
TDD for all hotlines: (866) 604-5350
Provides counseling, shelter, legal (including court advocacy), and supportive services to victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, stalking, trafficking, and child abuse in New York City. Special programs for youth and young adults and families of homicide victims. Project SAFE provides free lock replacements.

Transgender Housing Network
On-line clearing house of available housing options throughout the US, including couches, apartments, shelters, and other resources.

North Country Housing and Shelter

Western New York Housing and Shelter

Belmont Housing Resources for Western New York
Central Office - Buffalo: 1195 Main Street; (716) 884-7791
Northstown Office - Tonawanda: 33 Spruce Street; (716) 213-2784
Southstown Office - Hamburg: 174 Main Street; (716) 312-8075
Mission is to expand affordable housing opportunities in Western New York by assisting low and moderate income households to obtain housing; by producing and preserving housing units; and by professionally managing affordable housing. Recommended by the Pride Center of Western New York.

Benedict House: Crisis Services Advocate Program
Buffalo: 2211 Main Street
(716) 834-3131
For survivors of family violence, rape, sexual assault, elder abuse, and gender violence.

Compass House
370 Linwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209
24-Hour Crisis Help Line: (716) 886-0935
Compass House's Shelter meets the basic needs of runaway and homeless youth ages 12-17 through immediate access to crisis counseling, meals and a temporary place to stay. Trained professionals are on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide the necessary supportive services. Through our Safe Place Program, youth in crisis can receive assistance in getting to the shelter via our Safe Place locations. (For more information on the Safe Place Program, click here.) All services are voluntary, free and confidential. Currently, Gay & Lesbian Youth Services is running a GSA within Compass House.

Crisis Services Advocate Program
Homeless Outreach Case Management: (716) 835-6225 (During Office Hours)
24-Hour Crisis Services Hotline: (716) 834-3131
Crisis services offers services for survivors of sexual and family violence, individuals with mental health issues, those recovering from trauma, the homeless, and offers suicide prevention services. Case managers work to identify homeless individuals' needs, link with appropriate treatment and other supports, and assist in finding safe, affordable, permanent housing. Recommended by the Pride Center of Western New York.

Haven House
Buffalo: P.O. Box 451 Ellicott Station
(716) 884-6000 - 24-hour hotline
Provides support, counseling, legal consultation, and referrals to victims of intimate partner violence/domestic violence through the 24-hour, confidential hotline.

HOME: Housing Opportunities Made Equal
Buffalo: 1542 Main Street (at Ferry)
(716) 854-1400
Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) is a not-for-profit, membership based, civil rights organization working to assure fair and equal housing for all. HOME's programs include education, advocacy, enforcement of fair housing laws, and the creation of housing opportunities. HOME has been listed as LGBTQ-friendly by the Pride Center of Western New York.

Plymouth Crossroads
Lancaster, NY
(716) 393-3906
Plymouth Crossroads provides a safe place to call home for abused, runaway and homeless young men ages 16-20. Currently, Gay & Lesbian Youth Services is running a GSA within Plymouth Crossroads. They are purportedly gay and trans friendly.

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