Tuesday, 22 March 2011 01:44

A Letter To Governor Cuomo For LGBT Homeless Youth

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In a letter addressed to the Governor Cuomo, Raciel Castillo, resident of the center Ali Fourney for LGBT homeless youth of New York City, requests the Governor to reconsider his budget's proposal which would force much youth to live in the street again because of lack of money to help them.

“Governor Cuomo, I want you to understand how terrible things are for homeless kids. I want you to understand how mean and reckless it is to cut support for kids out on the streets. I have lots of friends who have nowhere safe to sleep.”

The proposal for a budget would eliminate $4.7 million devoted for the homeless person and youth, gay and straight.

“We know we’re in terrible times at the state level and across the country, but this seems to be quite disproportionate,” said Jeanne Mullgrav, commissioner of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, which has experienced a 30% cut in runway and homeless youth funding over the last three years. “This seems to feel quite different.”

Currently, the city of New York proposes 108 beds for young people but a census carried out by the city council showed that in 2008 there were at least 3 800 young people in the streets including 40% of LGBT so it's definitively not enough.