Saturday, December 11, 2010

Depressing Shit Just in Time for the Holidays

The Ali Forney Center in New York City is a program for homeless youth (about a quarter of which are LGBT) that assists them in finding shelter.  Their Executive Director Carl Siciliano wrote a post for Joe My God describing the conditions and heartbreaking disappointments brought about by slashed funding.

"Our case managers work valiantly to help find shelter for these kids, but the reality is there are so few safe options for LGBT youth that we are often forced to advise them on how to survive while sleeping in places like subway trains, parks, abandoned buildings and construction sites as they wait for one of our beds to open up. Yesterday one of our case managers described spending the afternoon trying to find shelter for a girl who had just come to us. When his efforts were exhausted and he had to tell her that she would be out on the street for the night, she sat in his office and cried."

These kids are rejected by their families, forced out on the streets, and exposed to violence, the elements, drug use, and prostitution.  The rest of the post is here.  Maybe I'm on my manses but it made me cry, first thing in the morning.

You can help house these poor kids here.

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