Conveniently located near public transportation in Harlem, the Drop-In Center is where any lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning youth can access food, medical care, mental health services and much more.
With so few beds available for homeless young people, the Drop-In Center is a beacon for homeless LGBTQ youth – allowing them to escape the streets for a safe, warm, supportive environment. At the Drop-In Center, LGBTQ youth can create community with young people who are just like them and access life-and-death services, as well as education, job training and referrals to other services.
The Drop-In Center is also AFC’s central intake location. All youth participate in a full assessment of their acute physical and mental health needs. This thorough intake includes information on their history of care, exposure to abuse, current and past housing situation, alcohol and substance use, emotional well-being, feelings about their LGBTQ identity, HIV risk assessment, food security, exposure to trauma and mental health needs.
In January of 2015 the Drop-In Center became the nation’s first 24-hour drop-in program for homeless LGBTQ youth. Weekend and overnight hours are when LGBTQ homeless youth are most vulnerable and when services aren’t available to them. Our Drop-In Center is the place where LGBTQ youth can come for meals, showers, clothing, HIV support, mental health services, and case management at any time – day or night.
Initial Intake Support