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Homeless Youth Statistics


Preface: Gaining accuracy in the number of homeless youth on the streets is a difficult if not impossible task. There has been only one comprehensive attempt to place numbers on the issue. The study was done in 2008 and has become generally accepted as representative of the homeless youth population in New York City. Since 2008 the waiting lists at the Ali Forney center has increased by 40% indicating that there are more homeless youth today than the 2008 study represents. Also, agencies that are keeping statistics like The Door report that LGBT represent 50 to 53% of their clients. Taken together would suggest that there are over 5,320 homeless youth on the streets and 2,819 identify as LGBTQ in 2011.

 

Results of the 2008 study funded by the City Council of New York

Number of homeless youth in NYC every night – 3,800.

Number that identify as LGBTQ – 1,600 (42%).

Number of shelter beds funded by the State and City – 250

Number of LGBT specific shelter beds funded by the State and City – 42

 

NY State budget for homeless youth:

Fiscal year 2008 – $2,089,000.

Fiscal year 2009 – $1,654,000.   (-21%)

Fiscal year 2010 – $1,431,000.   (-13%)

Fiscal year 2011 – $1,488,000.   (+4%)

Fiscal year 2012 – $744,000.      (-50%)

 

 

NY City budget for homeless youth:

Fiscal year 2008 – $10,500,000.

Fiscal year 2009 – $11,100,000.

Fiscal year 2010 – $12,100,000.

Fiscal year 2011 – $12,700,000.

Fiscal year 2012 – $12,600,000.

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