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Our Story

The Ali Forney Center was founded in 2002 in memory of Ali Forney, a homeless gender-nonconforming youth who was  forced to live on the streets, where they were tragically murdered. Committed to saving the lives of LGBTQ+ young people, our mission is to protect them from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently.

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Our Work

A 24-hour program, The Ali Forney Center never closes its doors. We provide more than just a bed and food for those in need — from initial intake at our drop-in center to transitional housing and job readiness training, we provide homeless LGBTQ+ youth a safe, warm, supportive environment to escape the streets.

Our People

From our leadership and staff to our youthcounselors, we are all committed to helping provide stability, healing, trust and education to young adultsso they can ultimately live independently.

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Founder’s Corner

Ali Forney Center founder Carlos Siciliano hosts the podcast “A Long Way From Home”. The podcast is dedicated to exploring how LGBTQ+ people experience exile and displacement. Listen to the episodes here and learn more about the guests joining Carl.

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About Us