July 10, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
N.Y. groups receive homeless LGBT youth grants
Ali Forney Center, New York, LGBT Youth, Gay News, Washington Blade

The Ali Forney Center is one of several homeless LGBT youth shelters to receive funding from the New York Department of Labor (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

ALBANY, N.Y.—The New York State Department of Labor on July 7 announced it has awarded $1 million to three groups to help homeless LGBT youth in New York City with criminal records receive education and employment assistance.

The Ali Forney Center, Hetrick-Martin Institute and the LGBT Community Center in New York City will receive grants over a period of 18 months from Aug. 1 through Jan. 31, 2015.

A press release said the Empire State Pride Agenda and the Campaign for Youth Shelter reached out to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office last year to discuss “the need for these services.”

According to its website, the Ali Forney Center focuses on services for New York City LGBT homeless youth, including placement of homeless youth in safer housing situations, saying “AFC is working hard to provide our youth with the support and nourishment they need to succeed and thrive.”

Hetrick-Martin Institute, also headquartered in New York City, is an LGBT youth services organization that, according to a website description, “seeks to foster healthy youth development,” which the organization does “through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals.”

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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