New Alternatives primarily assists LGBTQ+ youth who are 16-24 years of age and homeless or at risk. We define homelessness broadly to include youth living on the street, youth in shelters or transitional living programs, and youth without a permanent place to stay.
New clients are accepted on a walk-in basis every Monday, Friday, and Sunday at the hours listed below, and we are located in Metro Baptist Church at 410 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018. New Alternatives welcomes all youth as they are without judgment and with no barriers to entry. Identification and paperwork are not required for registration, and a referral letter is not necessary. We also will provide verification of attendance upon request. If you are in need of help or if you would like to request more information, please contact us.
Sunday Community Dinner
If you are looking for a homemade meal and a safe space to spend a few hours with your peers, our weekly dinners are the place to be! We open our doors every Sunday at 5:00pm and welcome all of our clients to join us for food, fun, and discussion. We also distribute clothing and hygiene supplies during the meal service so that you have the basics necessities for self-care.
Following each community dinner, we host an engaging and informative life skills group that will help you develop the resources and knowledge you need to succeed. Whether the topic is HIV prevention, nutrition, anger management, or conflict resolution, our discussions are always relevant and essential.
Book Club: Sunday at 4:00pm
Life Skills: Sunday at 7:00pm
Creative Writing: Monday at 5:30pm
HIV Peer Support: Contact Kate Barnhart for details
Our twice-weekly case management clinic offers assistance to our clients with any challenges or obstacles they may face. Simply walk in! We are here to help you with housing, benefits, identification, health issues, mental health, education, and employment. We also offer individual counseling and crisis intervention.
Testing and Prevention
New Alternatives partners with Project Stay to provide HIV and STI testing during our Sunday evening program. Clients who test positive or who need other sexual health services, such as PrEP or PEP, can follow up at the Project Stay clinic at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. In addition, we offer a peer support group for HIV+ youth and prevention education on a regular basis. Condoms, female condoms, and lube are available to our clients at all times.
Adolescent Health Center | Mount Sinai
The Adolescent Health Center at Mont Sinai delivers comprehensive medical and mental health services and prevention education to young people aged 10 to 22. It’s the largest center of its kind in the United States providing confidential, quality health care and support services to underserved and at-risk youth, regardless of their ability to pay. Every young person who walks through their doors receives complete health care at no cost.
312 E 94th Street
New York, NY 10128
Ali Forney Center
The Ali Forney Center provides a continuum of care for LGBTQ+ homeless and runaway youth including a drop-in center, crisis shelter, transitional living program, case management, medical services, access to legal services, and more. Their goal is to protect LGBTQ+ youth from the harms of homelessness and to empower them with the tools needed to live independently.
321 W 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
Apicha Community Health Center
Apicha Community Health Center provides compassionate, comprehensive, and culturally competent healthcare and wellness services to underserved and vulnerable populations living throughout New York City, especially Asians and Pacific Islanders, the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
New York, NY 10013
Destination Tomorrow is a grassroots agency located in the South Bronx that provides services to and for the LGBTQ+ community including counseling, case management, comprehensive transgender health care, and a free monthly legal clinic.
2825 Third Avenue, Suite 301
Bronx NY 10455
The Door empowers young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. Each year, they serve 10,000 young people from all over New York City with a wide range of services including reproductive health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, GED and ESOL classes, tutoring and homework assistance, college preparation services, career development, job training and placement, supportive housing, sports and recreational activities, arts, and nutritious meals – all for free and under one roof.
555 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013
FIERCE is a membership-based organization building the leadership and power of LGBTQ+ youth of color in New York City.
147 W 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
The Hetrick-Martin Institute believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.
They create this environment and foster healthy youth development for LGBTQ+ youth between the ages of 13 and 24 through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals.
2 Astor Place
New York, NY 10003
Kings County HEAT Clinic
Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) is a unique program that focuses on the special needs of teenagers who are HIV positive or at risk. All of their services are confidential and comprehensive.
760 Parkside Ave, Room 308
Brooklyn, NY 11226
LGBT Community Center
The Center provides an inclusive and affirming environment for LGBTQ+ youth to foster relationships, personal and professional skills, and the evolution of their identity. Open to young people between the ages of 13-21, The Center’s programs build self-esteem and help ready young people for the various stages of their lives. They also offer a substance use treatment program to help LGBTQ+ young people make healthy decisions about drugs and alcohol.
208 W 13 Street
New York, NY 10011
Path Center | The Brooklyn Hospital Center
The Path Center specializes in serving HIV-positive and at-risk youth in the LGBTQ+ community. They provide medical and support services including PrEP and PEP.
121 DeKalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Project STAY provides comprehensive health services for high-risk and HIV-positive adolescents and young adults between the ages of 13 and 24 in New York City.
610 W 158th Street, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10027
Sylvia's Place, an emergency shelter that provides up to 90 days of services, is the starting point for many LGBTQ+ youth in crisis. They are committed to turning the short time that youth spend as residents into a period of growth, safety, and opportunity.
446 W 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
Trinity Place Shelter
Trinity Place Shelter is a non-sectarian, 10-bed transitional shelter that provides LGBTQ+ youth and young adults with a safe place to sleep, shower, eat, and store their belongings. They provide individual and group counseling, independent living supportive services, and access to transportation.
164 W 100th Street
New York, New York 10025