NY City To Open First LGBT Homeless Shelter For Young Adults By End Of The Year

By Erin Durkin

The city will open its first youth shelter for young adults up to age 24, part of $9.5 million in new spending to combat homelessness among LGBT youth.

The new 20-bed shelter will open by the end of the year and house people between the ages of 21 and 24, First Lady Chirlane McCray said at City Hall Wednesday.

Gay young people have much higher rates of homelessness than their straight peers.

Many LGBT New Yorkers come from loving, supportive families but many do not. Some are bullied at home, forced to hide where they are. Others are rejected outright,” McCray said. “It is also our responsibility to make sure that young people with nowhere else to turn always have a safe, supportive and welcoming place to go.”

Source: Daily News

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