For many homeless LGBT youth, our Emergency Housing Program is their first bed since leaving their home. Unlike other crisis shelters, our Emergency Housing Program is hosted in homelike apartments in Queens and Brooklyn complete with nightly home-cooked meals.
AFC has six emergency housing sites with a total of 66 beds. Through patient, consistent support and affirmation, our Emergency Housing Program stabilizes young people and works with them to achieve housing readiness. Depending on the site, the program lasts from 1-6 months, with the hope that emergency housing residents ultimately graduate into the more independent transitional living program.
With so many LGBTQ youth in need of shelter each night, our emergency housing frequently has a waiting list of 200 young people. As a result, unfortunately, youth rarely receive a housing placement the day they see us. For youth 16-20, the wait time is approximately 2 weeks. For young people 21-24, the wait can be as long as 6 months.