Hurricane Sandy is making life more difficult for those already struggling. A New York City drop-in center for homeless LGBT youth is trying to recover from water damage caused by the storm.
The Ali Forney Center, a nonprofit working with gay homeless teenagers, has a walk in center in the traditionally gay neighborhood of Chelsea (located in Manhattan). The building, a block away from the Hudson River, can no longer offer the help it has for the past seven years.
‘Our worst fears were realized; everything was destroyed and the space is uninhabitable,’ wrote Carl Siciliano, Ali Forney’s executive director, on the organization’s website. ‘The water level went four feet high, destroying our phones, computers, refrigerator, food and supplies.’
Presently Ali Forney is looking for a temporary address before a permanent move to a larger facility. New York City’s LGBT Community Center is helping out with an offer of space; however, right now Ali Forney will need as much cash as possible to offer help to a vulnerable population.
‘The best way people can reach out to help in this very challenging time is by making monetary donations,’ Siciliano wrote.