Shelter of Peace

Join Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in building a Shelter of Peace!

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Every night when we lay down and pray for a shelter of peace:
1,600  LGBTQ youth in New York City are homeless
25% of LGBTQ youth  whose sexuality or gender identity becomes known to their families are kicked out of their homes
Less than 250 emergency shelter beds  exist for LGBTQ youth

What we’re doing about it:

Koleinu’s LGBT Rights Team initiative, Shelter of Peace, is building a coalition of faith leaders ready and willing to take action. Through building awareness among people of faith and committing our congregations to take concrete actions. Together we will demand adequate budgets this year from Albany and City Hall to ensure shelter for all 4,000 homeless LGBTQ youth.

CBST is a core member of the LGBT Campaign for Homeless Shelter. Join us in building faith support by committing your congregation to join Shelter of Peace:

1: Weekly “Weather Report.”  Every week in services congregations across the city will share the number of youth on our streets, along with the current temperature.

2: Shelter of Peace Action Network.

Participate in collective actions with congregations across NYC, including rallies, petitions, letter-writing campaigns and advocacy at City Hall and in Albany to ensure sufficient funding for LBGTQ Homeless Youth Shelter.

Shelter of Peace Project Updates

The Shelter of Peace Breakfast Briefing:  

On Tuesday, November 8th, CBST hosted a Shelter of Peace Breakfast Briefing for religious leaders to learn more about LGBTQ youth homelessness. Speakers included Carl Siciliano, founder and Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center, New York City Councilman Lew Fidler, and Adrian St. Vincent and Jeremiah Wallace, Ali Forney Center Peer Educators and Residents who spoke about their experiences of being LGBTQ and homeless. 

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Calls to Action

Take action now to end youth homelessness. Learn what your congregation can do to help.

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Community News

Many congregations across NYC have participated in actions to build awareness and fight LGBT youth homelessness.

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Check out these resources for more information on LGBTQ youth homelessness in New York.

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