The nation’s largest organization working on behalf of LGBT homeless youths, The Ali Forney Center, commemorates its tenth anniversary this year. The AFC has experienced a decade of enormous growth, not only in its client base and the scope of services it offers, but also in becoming a leading national advocate for these youths whose struggles are quickly gaining prominence as an LGBT rights issue.
As the New York State government continues to slash funding for LGBT organizations it is important to continue to support centers like Ali Forney. While in an ideal world our government would recognize the importance of protecting LGBT youths, the sad reality is that they look at each bed in the Center as wasted money. Please continue to support the Ali Forney Center by giving them a few dollars on their anniversary!
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The Center was founded by Executive Director Carl Siciliano in 2002, taking its name and inspiration from Ali Forney, a homeless youth, and a dedicated LGBT and HIV prevention advocate, who was murdered on the streets of New York in 1997. Beginning as a small organization with a handful of employees, the Center has grown to operate on a multimillion-dollar budget. Today, the Center’s facilities include: an Ali Forney Day Center, offering intake medical services and ongoing support programs; emergency housing; Ali Forney Camp, serving as a vocational and educational center; and the Transitional Living Program, providing a combination of housing and programming aimed at enabling LGBT youth to live independently.
Together, all of the AFC’s facilities and services have contributed to extraordinary outcomes for its youth. 75 percent remain in programs for long-term care and support; 85 percent are enrolled in mental health services; 77 percent of Transitional Living clients are enrolled in higher learning or vocational opportunities; and 99 percent of Transitional Living clients are employed and on career tracks towards self-sustaining futures.