AFC is the nation's largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBTQ youth. Our goal is to provide homeless LGBTQ youths, aged 16-24, with the support and services they need to escape the streets and begin to live healthy and independent lives. We offer an innovative continuum of services which include the following programs:
The AFC Drop-in Center, located in the Harlem section of Manhattan, is the entry point to our programs and services for homeless LGBTQ youth, though you may have encountered an AFC outreach worker on the streets beforehand. At the Drop-in Center, you will complete an Intake and then be connected to your own case manager who will help you with any services you need. You can be referred to our housing programs or provided information on other housing options. At the Drop-in Center, we offer three meals a day, showers, clothing and hygiene supplies. You can also get free HIV tests, primary medical care, therapy and psychiatric services, and employment and education assistance. We also offer supportive groups throughout the day focusing on the issues facing LGBTQ youth.
If you are seeking assistance please contact us at: 212.206.0574 or stop by our Harlem Drop-in Center*.
Harlem Drop-in Center:
321 W. 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
(take the A/C/B/D train to 125th Street)
*We are open for new Intakes Monday-Friday from 8am-8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. (However, we are closed to clients on Wednesdays from 12pm-4pm for staff meetings.)
AFC offers a scattered-site emergency housing program with housing sites in Queens and Brooklyn. We offer temporary housing in safe, staff-supervised homelike apartments. LGBTQ youth are able to reside in our emergency housing program for up to six months while we assist them in moving on to more permanent housing. Currently AFC has 4 emergency housing apartments and a total of 47 beds.
You can get more information on how to get a bed in our emergency housing program by coming to our Harlem Drop-in Center to do an Intake or by calling 212.206.0574.
The Transitional Housing Program currently offers housing to 42 youth in apartments in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The residents are able to live in one of our six different transitional housing programs for up to two years, while we assist them in maintaining employment and continuing their education. We place a great deal of emphasis on preparing residents to live independently. Our goal is that our residents, upon graduation from this program, will move on to their own apartments.
You can get more information on how to get a bed in our transitional housing program through your AFC case manager or by calling 212.206.0574.