AFC National LGBT Youth Online Resource Guide
The National Runaway Switchboard/ 1-800-RUNAWAY
The National Runaway Switchboard operates 1-800-RUNAWAY , a confidential and anonymous crisis hotline for runaway and homeless youth available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Services include crisis intervention, referrals to local resources (i.e. alternative housing, basic center/shelter services, counseling, alcohol/drug treatment, and child protective services), and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members. Through a partnership with Greyhound Lines, Inc., NRS runs the Home Free program, a youth-initiated program family reunification that provides a free bus ticket home. Call 1-800-RUNAWAY for help.
Los Angeles Lesbian & Gay Center
(Jeff Griffith Youth Center/Kruks Tilsner Transitional Living Program)
The Jeff Griffith Youth Center (JGYC) is a safe place for LGBT youth and those that LOVE them. At JGYC, homeless LGBT youth, ages 14-24, can access services that help the youth to become self-sufficient and empowered adults. The JGYC Drop-In provides at will services seven days a week including three meals per day, a GED program, clothing, showers, laundry, Career Development, Case Management, educational groups, and much more. JGYC is also the access point for the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center’s Emergency Overnight program for homeless LGBT youth ages 18 through 24.
The Jeff Griffith Youth Center is open Monday through Friday 8:30am through 5:30pm and Saturday and Sunday 8:30am through 4:30pm.
San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual Transgender Community Center
Youth Housing Project
Contact: Dana Toppel
The Youth Housing project provides 23 units of affordable, supportive housing for youth between 18-24 years of age, with a special focus on LGBTQ+ youth who are currently transitioning out of foster care and/or group homes, or living in the streets.
Larkin Street Youth Services (San Francisco)
Contact: Ed Melendez ext: 246
Larkin Street Youth Services is the only organization providing the full spectrum of services needed to help San Francisco's most vulnerable youth move beyond life on the street. We offer a range of housing options - from emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing - in addition to essential wraparound services including education, technology and employment training; healthcare, including mental health, substance abuse and HIV services; and case management.
The Ark of Refuge (San Francisco) Email
Young Adult Homeless Programs
Contact: Eric Politzer
The goal of the Ark House it to assist homeless LGBTQQ young adults with stabilizing their lives and establishing greater health and independence through a clean, safe and supportive congregate living environment, on-site counseling, and referrals to a network of supportive services.
The National Runaway Switchboard/ 1-800-RUNAWAY
The National Runaway Switchboard operates 1-800-RUNAWAY , a confidential and anonymous crisis hotline for runaway and homeless youth available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Services include crisis intervention, referrals to local resources (i.e. alternative housing, basic center/shelter services, counseling, alcohol/drug treatment, and child protective services), and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members. Through a partnership with Greyhound Lines, Inc., NRS runs the Home Free program, a youth-initiated program family reunification that provides a free bus ticket home. Call 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929 ) for help.
Rainbow Alley Email
Contact: Catherine O'Boyle
Rainbow Alley is a drop-in center designed to support GLBT youth and their allies ages 12-21. Our facility is a warm and welcoming environment, complete with supportive adults and youth. The Alley provides health services, counseling and referral, youth-lead events and activities, and life resources in a safe and supportive space.
Urban Peaks helps young people overcome homelessness and other real life challenges by providing safety, respect, essential services and a supportive community, empowering them to become self-reliant adults.
ALSO Out Youth (Sarasota)
Contact: Becky McDonough
ALSO Out Youth provides peer support services, social activities, educational programs and workshops, advocacy, and referrals for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning youth ages 13 to 21, their families and friends, and the community, thereby enhancing self-esteem, promoting healthy dialogue, and increasing awareness of sexual minority youth issues.
Chris Kids Rainbow Project (Atlanta)
Contact: Rico Amu
The CHRIS Kids Rainbow Program provides a safe and supportive residence for homeless and runaway gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Rainbow is a transitional living life skills program for homeless and runaway sexual minority youth that provides both services and referrals. Life and job skills training are provided as youth become connected with a variety of community resources such as counseling, medical and legal services and volunteer opportunities.
Open Door Youth Center (Bloomington)
Contact: Berry T. Stevenson
The Open Door Youth Center is a safe place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth age 13 - 19 and their supportive friends. We are open every Friday night from 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Teen Living Programs
Phone: 773-548-4443, ext. 28
Contact: Dr. Ozella R. Phillips
Teen Living Programs' mission is to create hope and opportunity for youth who are homeless by assisting them to permanently leave the streets, secure stable housing, and build self-sufficient, satisfying lives. We offer housing, job training, educational support, mental health counseling, holistic health care, and life skills training to youth ages 12 to 24 within a community of professional and passionate support. About half of the youth we serve identify as LGBTQ.
IYG provides a safe place, a confidential environment, youth development programs and support services which foster personal strength and wellness among self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. IYG advocates on their behalf in schools, on the streets, and in the community.
Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (Des Moines)
Emergency Contact: 515-249-1443
The Iowa Homeless Youth Centers works to eliminate homelessness among children, youth, and young mothers in Polk County. We believe, with support and assistance, homeless individuals and families can live independently and attain self-sufficiency.
United Action for Youth (GLBTQ&A Youth Group) (Iowa City)
Contact Name: Amy Louis
The GLBTQ&A Youth Group is a free, informal, drop-in social and support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning and allied youth ages 12-18.
The mission of UAY is to assist youth and families in helping themselves to a healthy future. We do this by offering youth development, counseling and prevention programs that make use of young people's talents, creativity and energies.
Home for Little Wanderers (Walthman House) (BOSTON)
Contact: K Voorhes
Waltham House is a group home program designed to provide a safe and supportive living environment for up to 12 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) youth ages 14-18. The program also serves youth who may be questioning (Q) their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Many young people have previously experienced difficulty due to their gender or sexuality identities. Waltham House offers residents a safe place to live while they prepare for family reunification, independent living, and future self-sufficiency.
Ruth Ellis Center (Highland Park)
Contact: Grace McClelland
The Ruth Ellis Center provides short-term and long-term residential safe space and support service for runaway, homeless, and at-risk gay, lesbian, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning youth in Detroit and Southeast Michigan.
Ozone House (Ann Arbor)
Ozone House is the only agency in Washtenaw County providing free, confidential and voluntary help for teens in crisis, and their families. Specifically, we offer shelter and an array of supportive services to runaway, homeless, and at risk youth. Since opening in 1969, we have helped thousands of young people build the confidence, skills, and emotional strength needed to make a safe and healthy transition to adulthood.
YouthLink: Project Offstreets Drop In Center (Minneapolis)
Contact: Denise Williams
Project OffStreets offers support and services designed to stabilize and help youth leave street life. The Project OffStreets drop-in center is the hub of Project OffStreets programming. The drop in center offers a safe, non-exploitive environment where vulnerable and exploited youth can get a meal, take a shower, wash some clothes, and utilize onsite locker storage. Youth who visit the drop-in center can also sign up for case management services.
YouthLink: Youth Housing Minneapolis)
Contact: Sue Pohl
YouthLink provides transitional housing and housing placement services for youth ready and eligible for such living experiences. Transitional living programs are hosted at two facilities: Archdale Apartments and St. Barnabas Apartments. YouthLink also provides housing placement through scattered site apartments for youth who are diagnosed with HIV and/or serious mental health illness or chemical dependency problems.
YouthLink's transitional housing programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of homeless or precariously housed youth. Programs provide safe, affordable housing linked with case management services and skills building opportunities for young people who don't have the personal resources for independent living. To be eligible for the program youth must be age 16 - 21 at intake, with continued eligibility for services through age 24 while in residency.
District 202 (Minneapolis)
Contact: Shiney Shapiro
District 202 is a nonprofit youth community center committed to providing social, cultural and educational opportunities by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) youth and their friends.
Through a collaborative process with adult and youth staff, this strong community of queer and allied youth (21 and younger), determine the activities of District 202. In the process they define themselves, create community, expand their understanding of the world, learn they are empowered to speak to their own experience, and they have fun.
Ali Forney Center (Manhattan/Brooklyn)
The Ali Forney Center is the largest and most comprehensive organization in the nation dedicated to housing LGBT youth. AFC serves youth aged 16-24, and provides emergency and transitional housing, street outreach, a drop-in center, medical and mental health treatment, a vocational/educational program, and a counseling project for the families of LGBT youth.
Green Chimneys (Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs) (Manhattan)
Contact: Miguel Caraballo
The New York City branch of Green Chimneys Children's Services operates a wide range of residential, social service and educational programs that specifically focus on responding to the unique needs of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth and their families. Green Chimneys was the first mainstream child welfare agency in the country to develop and operate residential, educational, and social services programs, which were designed specifically for LGBTQ children, youth, and families.
Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (Brooklyn)
Contact: Dr. Jeffrey Birnbaum
The Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) Program provides comprehensive medical care program for HIV+ and at-risk youth aged 13 to 24. HEAT provides age-appropriate and culturally competent care for heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender minority youth. These services are provided at the Center for Health Services at Bedford Stuyvesant, a satellite clinic of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. HEAT provides comprehensive medical, case management, HIV counseling and testing (C/T), mental health, treatment adherence, STD diagnosis and treatment, gynecological services, pregnancy testing and family planning, outreach, transition services, hormone and transgender youth services, support services and access to research to high-risk and HIV-infected youth. HEAT operates under a one-stop shopping philosophy where all services are provided in one youth friendly clinic setting. All services are free and confidential.
Pride for Youth
2050 Bellmore Avenue
Bellmore, NY 11710
Contact: Pete Carney (Executive Director)
Pride for Youth is a service and an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Our mission is to enhance the health, wellness and cultural competency of LGBT young people through supportive services, education and youth development. We believe that LGBT young people are courageous, bright, creative and exceptional youth that enhance our communities. Formidable barriers such as homophobia, stigma, lack of understanding and institutionalized bias prevent some of them from achieving their potential. Pride for Youth offers a matrix of opportunities and supports that assist LGBT youth with their healthy development, break through obstacles to their success, and create a more responsive community in which they can grow. We offer many services for LGBT youth ages 13-24 including both individual and family counseling, support groups, a Friday night drop-in center, HIV/STI testing and community education. All services are free, confidential and anonymous.
Sylvia's Place (Manhattan)
Contact: Kate Barnhardt
Sylvia's Place is an emergency night shelter for self identified Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, trans-gendered, trans-sexual and questioning youth from 16 to 23 years of age. Its primary focus is to provide a safe space, a good meal, bathroom facilities and toiletries, a cot for the night and breakfast in the morning. The Care Workers provide a listening ear, affirmation, and a friendly voice of encouragement.
The Door (Manhattan)
Contact: Miriam Hernandez
The Door's mission is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. Each year over 8,000 young people, most referred by their peers, come to The Door for primary health care, prenatal care and health education, mental health counseling, legal services, GED, ESL, tutoring and homework help, college preparation and computer classes, career development services and training, job placement, daily meals, arts, sports and recreational activities.
The only criterion for Door membership is age (12-21). Of the 8,000 current members, the majority are between 17 and 20 years of age, with the average being 18. Most are African-American or Hispanic; a growing number are immigrants from China. During the school year The Door is also open Saturdays from 12:00 - 4:00 pm.
Wrenn House (Raleigh)
Contact: Family Counselor
Wrenn House is a crisis shelter that serves all youth ages 10-17. Wrenn House provides a safe environment for youth who run away from home, who are homeless, or are otherwise in a crisis situation. We offer a diverse range of services including: temporary shelter, counseling, case management, referrals, mentoring, and a variety of life skills, all within an environment that promotes individuality and empowers youth. Wrenn House is partnering with the LGBT Center of Raleigh to serve the LGBT youth in our community. The LGBT Center has a mission to strengthen individual and community development through social and educational activities; to facilitate the incubation of supportive services and groups; and to identify needs and advocate for resources benefiting the diverse population of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people, their friends and supporters within and beyond central North Carolina.
LGBT Center of Raleigh
Volunteers of America (Salt Lake City)
Contact: Theresa Stocks
HYRC runs a 3-part program for homeless youth, and about 30% of the youth it serves report being LGBTQ. Our programs include a drop-in center which provides basic needs, such as food, clothing, and showers, to youth ages 15-22 who don't have a stable place to live. Another program is a street outreach program, which heavily targets reaching young male prostitutes, many of whom identify as gay or bisexual. The third component is a transitional living program. Many of the youth in this program are either aging out of foster care or have already aged out. The age range is 16-19.
SPECTRUM Youth & Family Services (Burlington)
Phone: 802-864-5396 ext 422
Contact: Patrick Deleon
Spectrum Youth and Family Services is a community-based social service agency committed to working with Vermont youth and families to improve their lives through advocacy, direct service, and a continuum of support in order to work toward a more just and compassionate community.
Lambert House (Seattle)
Contact Person: Ben @ ext 811
Lambert House is a safe place for queer youth ages 22 and under. Our calendar is packed with fun activities, support groups, planning meetings, dances, and other events. We are here to make life better for each other as GLBTQ youth. The drop-in center is open Mon-Sat 4-9:30.
CONTACT: Curtis Knopf, Casework Supervisor
YouthCare's housing programs provide youth with stability, skills and ultimately, self-sufficiency. Staff are available 24-hours a day to provide youth with the hugs, instruction and the discipline they need to learn and grow. YouthCare's housing programs are divided into Adolescent Living (ages 12-17) and Transitional Living (ages 18-21).
Giving kids life skills is the key to their success. Youth work with staff to develop plans for self-sufficiency, which may include goals around nutrition and hygiene, money management, education, employment, healthcare and permanent housing. Youth meet weekly with staff to discuss progress, challenges and changes.
Project Q (Milwaukee)
Contact: Kurt Dyer
Project Q a wide variety of youth drop-in activities are currently scheduled throughout the week. Activities include art, discussion groups, poetry readings, movie nights, dances & Drag Shows. Drop-In activities are designed to ensure safety, accessibility and comfort for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning youth and their straight allies. We run Milwaukee's First and Only LGBT Youth Drop-In Center. Project Q's LGBT Youth Drop-In Center operates a coffee bar, youth library, four computer work stations, lounge area with TV, VCR, and cable, and plenty of peer/adult support.
Resources for Families
The Ali Forney Center offers short-term crisis counseling to families struggling to cope with having LGBT children. For families in the greater New York City area wishing to find out more about our counseling services, call 212-206-0574. Other resources are listed below.
PFLAG is the largest organization in the nation offering support to parents, families and friends of LGBT persons. They have numerous local chapters around the country where parents can find information and the support of other parents of LGBT children.
Gayfamilysupport.com is a website with an abundance of information and resources dedicated to assisting families support their LGBT children.
Family Acceptance Project
The Family Acceptance Project 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.