Legal Aid Participates In Effort To Restore Funds For Homeless And Runaway Youth
MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013

Joining with New York City Council Youth Services Committee Chair Lewis Fidler, child advocates, and youth, runaway and homeless youth providers, The Legal Aid Society called for restored City funding for Runaway and Homeless Youth Services.

Year after year, the City Council restores $7.2 million to ensure that existing shelters beds and services are not eliminated. Meanwhile, with this funding, the City only funds 250 shelter beds for youth, despite estimates that there are 3,800 runaway and homeless youth in New York City. The budget cut would result in the loss of 160 of the 250 shelter beds.

"It is shocking that each year some of the City's most vulnerable young people -- runaway and homeless youth -- and the programs which serve them have to fight to keep the limited funding they have. The 250 available shelter beds are grossly insufficient to serve the more than 3,800 youth who need them.  Including the current funding in the City's annual budget is the first step in working to improve this crisis," said Kimberly Forte, Supervising Attorney of The Legal Aid Society's LGBT Law and Policy Initiative.