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Bloomberg's 'Cruel' Budget Throwns 160 Homeless Kids Out of Shelter Beds Says LGBT Shelter Executive Director

NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s newly released budget cuts $7 million to the city’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Services, and plan to eliminate 160 youth shelter beds,.

SicilianoCarl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center, NYC's largest LGBT homeless youth shelter, released a statement this morning:

“Mayor Bloomberg's plan to throw 160 homeless children out of their shelter beds and into the streets is cruel, reckless and contemptible. These cuts create an even bigger crisis for the LGBT teens who are thrown out of their homes and forced to endure homelessness on the streets of our city. The LGBT community needs and demands political leaders who will protect our children. Instead, Mayor Bloomberg has proposed eliminating more than half of their shelter beds. The Ali Forney Center, and all those who work with and care about LGBT homeless youth, will not be silent in the face of this decision, which offends us as a community and needlessly puts our young people in harm's way.”

According to the Center:

Today’s cuts come in spite of the fact that the need for youth shelter beds continues to grow; in 2011 alone, the waiting list for AFC’s 77 shelter beds grew to 199 youths - an increase of 40 percent over the prior year.  In total, the city only funds 250 shelter beds, for a population of 4,000 homeless youth.   In response to this crisis, the Ali Forney Center and a number of allied LGBT organizations have launched the Campaign for Youth Shelter.  This initiative calls on New York City and State to back an additional $3 million in annual funding, set aside to create 100 new shelter beds every year.  The Campaign today calls for the city to raise its Runaway and Homeless Youth Services budget from the just-announced $5 million to $13.5 million, both revoking today’s cuts and including the city’s half of the annual $3 million.

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  1. This is especially tragic considering that the City's own Commission on LGBT Runaway and Homeless Youth comprehensively documented the desperate need for more support for this population:

    Posted by: Chris Out-FM | May 4, 2012 9:14:58 AM

  2. You know, one of my favorite things about NYC is that groups CAN successfully change government decisions through outcry. Other places have that too but in NYC it seems faster. Get this story to the post (If that horrible paper will run it), the post is a huge outrage machine.

    You know, as I read the article, I certainly hope that Carl there is correct about that cruel cut. I would hate to find out that they were never up for cuts, but that this was a way of pushing for more money. He needs to push for all the money he can but I hope he isn't using gay kids as a shield.

    Posted by: Fenrox | May 4, 2012 9:15:39 AM

  3. I have a better solution to all city governments looking to cut their budgets: Start with political patronage jobs. Start with the needless 'management' positions, you know, the usually rude, arrogant fat people you see driving around doing personal errands in their hybrid SUV city vehicles. Maybe those at the top and in management positions also need to take a pay cut or pay more into things like their healthcare plans, dental plans, etc. so that 'essential' services don't get cut.

    7 million is a chump change to a city like NY; budget cuts usually first affect those with little to no political power; homeless, the mentally ill, etc. are often the first to have their budgets cut, for this reason. Then there's the 'poverty pimps'. If you need to know who these people are, google it. Many of them love the publicity that 'outrageous' budget cuts or program eliminations produce.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 4, 2012 9:18:43 AM

  4. Nothing Bloomberg does surprises me anymore - such a cruel, heartless man.

    Off-topic - Carl Siciliano looks frighteningly like Michael Alig. Thank goodness he's not the AF Center director.

    Posted by: John | May 4, 2012 10:20:43 AM

  5. Why can't HRC or GLADD or It Gets Better take this on and make a real measurable difference?

    Posted by: Inside | May 4, 2012 12:35:05 PM

  6. Everyone knows that the government has an unlimited supply of money. Everyone knows that all they have to do is set aside the money for this and they can fund it. Whatever you do, do not ask the 1 million wealthy gay men in NYC to contribute one percent of their weekly bar tab to support the shelter. Everyone knows that gay men need all the booze (and drugs) they can get, and that caring for people is the State's job, anyway.

    Posted by: ted baldwin | May 4, 2012 5:41:41 PM

    Please feel free to take your pathetic trolling elsewhere.

    Posted by: Anon | May 4, 2012 11:23:24 PM

    Please feel free to take your pathetic trolling elsewhere.

    Posted by: Anon | May 4, 2012 11:23:25 PM

  9. Maybe government can't afford to fund this Center, but private citizens surely can. I just made a donation to the Center today. Even people who have not signed on to the whole gay rights agenda and are still "evolving" on LGBT issues can agree that no one should be thrown out of his home due to his sexuality. If more people would make donations to places like Ali Forney, these kids could get the help they need - and those conservatives who want you to believe that they "are not "hate-filled" bigots" would be able to prove themselves. It's the same with the anti-bullying issue. Political empathy may not be possible, but personal empathy shouldn't be difficult.

    Posted by: mary | May 5, 2012 12:12:58 AM

  10. Hey, let's blame it on the billionaire and ignore the wretched parents who threw out their kids. The city should sue the parents for the shortfall.

    Posted by: Max | May 5, 2012 1:08:27 AM

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