Are you seeking assistance?
If you are seeking assistance, please contact us at: 212.206.0574 or
stop by our 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 8 AM - 8 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM - 6 PM.
(However, we are closed to clients on Wednesday from 12 PM - 4PM for staff meetings.)
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.
Wondering what to expect?
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.
We offer three meals a day, showers, clothing, and hygiene supplies at the center. You can also get free HIV tests, primary medical care, therapy and psychiatric services, and employment and education assistance. Support groups are run throughout the day focusing on the issues facing LGBTQ+ youth.
AFC Emergency Housing Program
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 six emergency housing apartments and a total of 66 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.
AFC Trans Housing
In the fall of 2015, we opened AFC’s first transgender housing program. This 18-bed housing program is located in a safe Brooklyn neighborhood and provides stabilizing housing for AFC transfemale and transmasculine clients age 16-20 for up to 18 months. This program is a hybrid between our Emergency and Transitional Housing program that addresses the specific concrete and emotional needs of our trans clients in a safe, affirming environment. We help connect these clients to the resources needed at our Drop-In Center to become secure, independent adults.
AFC Transitional Housing
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.
Resources for Families
The Tyler Clementi Foundation
The Family Acceptance Project
The Family Acceptance Project (http://familyproject.sfsu.edu/) of the University of San Francisco has conducted invaluable research on the ways in which parental acceptance of LGBT youth impacts the health and safety of LGBT youth.
Maryville University Guide for LGBTQ Students
Maryville University Guide for LGBTQ Students (https://online.maryville.edu/blog/college-guide-for-lgbtq-students/) is a guide that explains some basic terminology used by the LGBTQ community and provides tips for choosing a college that has adequate LGBTQ support. It also covers college application information and lists scholarships that are available to LGBTQ students.
LGBTQ and Addiction Center
LGBTQ and Addiction Center (https://www.addictioncenter.com/Addiction/lgbtq/) Since 2014, Addiction Center has been an informational web guide for those who are struggling with substance use disorders and co-occurring behavioral and mental health disorders. Rates of drug abuse and addiction in the LGBTQ community are disturbingly higher than those of other groups. Discrimination, societal pressures, and co-occurring disorders are just a few potential triggers for drug abuse in this population.
Resources by State
Our drop-in center and housing programs in NYC provide wraparound services – from crisis counseling and emergency food to emergency and transitional housing. Here is a list of other organizations offering direct services in other areas of the country.
Visit Healthline’s LGBTQIA Safe Sex Guide for information about LGBTQIA safer sex practices. You can find the guide by clicking here.
Contact: Catherine O'Boyle
Contact: Natalie Paynter
Toll Free: 1.877.286.2523 (24 hrs.)
Local: 773.506.4100 (24 hrs.)
Ali Forney Center – LEAP Program
Support & Community
Emergency Mental Health Resources
If you are seeking immediate assistance, please contact us at 212-206-0574. We are open to new and returning intakes. To schedule an intake right away, contact our Intake Team: Shawnell, Intake Coordinator, and Victoriah, Program Assistant at email@example.com or call 212-206-0574.
Due to COVID-19, we are currently open 10 am - 6 pm for services Monday to Sunday. You can also schedule an intake by stopping by the Drop-In Center between those hours.
Here are additional mental health organizations:
Anti-Violence Project (AVP): (212-714-1141) a 24-hour bilingual hotline offering support for LGBTQ people in crisis regarding intimate partner violence, sexual assault, bias, and HIV-related violence. www.avp.org
1-888-NYC-WELL: (1-888-692-9355) this is a free, confidential 24/7 helpline available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, and access to 200 additional translation services.
Crisis & Suicide Hotline 24/7 hotline: (516-679-1111)
Trans Lifeline: (877-565-8860)
SAMHSA’s National Helpline: (1-800-662-HELP (4357)) 24/7 365, Spanish and English.