Safe Horizon Joins Rally To Restore City Funding For Homeless Youth Services May 31 at City Hall
Posted on: Thursday, May 31, 2012
SAFE HORIZON JOINS RALLY TO RESTORE CITY FUNDING FOR HOMELESS YOUTH SERVICES MAY 31 AT CITY HALL
$7.2 Million in Cuts Would Eliminate Safe Horizon’s Overnight Outreach Services, which Made Contact with 11,000 Homeless Youth in 2011
Staff from Safe Horizon’s Streetwork Project, which provides vital services to New York City’s estimated 20,000 homeless youth, will participate in a rally at City Hall on Thursday May 31 at noon to urge the City to restore $7.2 million in funding for homeless youth services. Safe Horizon is New York City’s largest victim service provider. Safe Horizon will join other providers of services to runaway and homeless youth at the rally, which is being organized by the Empire State Coalition of Youth and Family Services.
Among the services eliminated if this funding is not restored is Safe Horizon’s overnight outreach program, in which Streetwork teams visit locations across the city, 7 nights a week, to provide homeless youth with information on shelters and programs to help get them get off the streets and into safe, stable environments. For many young people, the weekly presence of Safe Horizon’s outreach teams may be their first consistent, supportive contact with an adult in many years. Last year Safe Horizon made contact with 11,000 homeless youth through the program.
“These cuts would be devastating to the city’s most vulnerable population. These are young people who have been kicked out of their homes or mistreated by adults and often wind up in situations where they must struggle to survive every day. Cutting these services will only increase the chances for young people to spend more time on the streets continue to have their safety and well-being compromised,” said Carolyn Strudwick, Associate Vice President of Youth and Anti-Trafficking who oversees Safe Horizon’s Streetwork Project programs.
The funding cuts would also result in Safe Horizon eliminating up to 18 of the 24 beds at its overnight facility, and would reduce dramatically the basic services it offers at its drop-in centers, including food, showers, laundry, and case management services.
According to the Empire State Coalition of Youth and Family Services, approximately 30% of New York City’s homeless youth identify as LGBT and 30% have histories of foster care. The organization conducted a survey in 2007 that cites that there are 3,800 youth on the streets of New York each night and there are only 146 crisis beds funded by the City of New York’s Department of Youth and Community Development.
In 2011, Streetwork assisted 1,700 unduplicated youth at its drop-in centers, conducted 18,500 outreach contacts, served 51,000 warm, home-cooked meals, and provided a safe place to sleep to 230 young people.
For more information about Safe Horizon, please visit www.safehorizon.org
About Safe Horizon
Safe Horizon is the largest victims’ services agency in the United States, with more than 50 locations touching the lives of 250,000 children, adults, and families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City each year. Since 1978, Safe Horizon has provided victims of domestic violence, child abuse, human trafficking, rape and sexual assault, as well as homeless youth and families of homicide victims, with a wide range of comprehensive support. Our programs also partner with governmental and other community agencies so we can offer additional assistance, including finding resources for those living outside New York City.