Our mission is to help homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ*) youth and young adults in New York City to safely transition out of the shelter system and grow into independent, positive, and productive adults.
Trinity Place Shelter is a non-sectarian, 10-bed transitional shelter that is open all year to provide LGBTQ youth/young adults with a safe place to sleep, eat, store belongings, have access to transportation, individual/group counseling, and additional independent living supportive services.
Through strong local community partnerships, we are able to provide access to comprehensive health services, case management, education, career counseling, art classes and mental health services. All youth referred to Trinity Place have been identified as interested in, or are actively seeking, employment or schooling.
We provide a unique, home and family-like environment where the youth receive the respect, individualized care, and basic services so often denied them.
There are as many as 8,000 LGBTQ youth/young adults currently living homeless in NYC** and only 250 beds or fewer that are specifically available for this population. These youth often experience abuse and trauma in other shelters and on the streets.
Our goal is to expand our program to provide homeless LGBTQ youth with the basic services and skills necessary to make independent living a reality, and to make a positive difference for as many as possible in the midst of this crisis.
* The “Q” can mean or “queer" or “questioning'" depending on individual preference.
** National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. "Fact sheet: Homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in New York." .January 30, 2007.