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6/4/15 - Trust Funds LGBT Center; LGBT Historic Sites Project at Start of Pride Month

Cathy Renna (917) 757-6123,
Amy Wolf (212) 686-0010 X234,

Funding Will Help Create Substance Abuse Treatment Program for LGBT Youth and Build Programs, Advocacy For Historic LGBT Sites

New York, NY, June 4, 2015 - The New York Community Trust, one of the largest funders of the city’s nonprofits, today announced two multi-year grants to support the LGBT Center and the New York City LGBT historic Sites Project. As we begin a historic LGBT pride month in New York and around the world, The Trust is finding new ways to serve populations within the LGBT community in most need.

The two projects are the latest efforts in The Trust’s multi-million dollar effort over the past three decades to support the LGBT community with dozens of programs in all five boroughs for health, activities, and advocacy.
Kerry McCarthy, Program officer, said: “We’re thrilled to provide funding for critical programs, especially at this historic time for the LGBT community,” says Rachel Pardoe, a health program officer at The Trust “While we’ve seen dramatic  progress in marriage equality,  the elderly, the sick, and the jobless in the LGBT community are very vulnerable.”

Program office Pardoe adds, “The Trust has for decades been committed to helping LGBT New Yorkers live full and healthy lives, no matter their age, HIV status, race or background, and these projects will certainly move us forward.”
The Center’s program will work with LGBT youth to fight substance among young LGBT New Yorkers.
And at a time when we New Yorkers are debating the status of the Stonewall Inn and other historic spaces, the Historic Sites Project will ensure that New York’s LGBT history will tout the contributions of a once hidden group of New Yorkers that have contributed so greatly to the historic and cultural heritage of our city.”

More information about each program:

Over the next two years, the Center will start a new substance abuse treatment program targeted to LGBT adolescents and young adults – “Serving Adolescents in Need of Treatment” (SAINT). Modeled after the successful Center recovery program, it is the country’s first substance program specifically targeted to LGBT youth. SAINT will have three components: first, outreach to enroll youth who are homeless, precariously housed or come from unsupportive families. An engagement specialist will build a trusting relationship to help the young person assess if they are ready for treatment; identify and solve practical barriers to treatment such as parental consent and insurance; and connect the young person to non-substance abuse services at the center and other LGBT friendly youth programs. The second step is treatment, provided by licensed clinicians over a three to six month period. Third, SAINT ensures that youth have access to non-clinical supports that encourage their sobriety, such as stable housing during and after treatment.  SAINT also offers the option for youth who successfully complete the program to become paid peer leaders in this or program of other Center youth services. The Trust will provide $150,000 over two years to this program.
The New York City LGBT Historic Sites Project will receive $50,000 over two years for a coordinator to survey and document city historic and cultural sites reflecting LGBT history.  Despite the rising groundswell of support for issues like marriage equality, much of our history remains “in the closet.” While the federal government estimates that 3.8% of the population is LGBT, just 5 of the 87,000 designated historic include a primary association with LGBT history in their designation reports (two are in New York State).
The New York City LGBT Historic Sites Project was established in 2014 by three volunteer architectural and historic preservationists. They created a historic sites map for the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion and started the Outhistory website. Working with a steering committee with extensive experience writing city landmark designation reports and nomination for the national register of historic place, the group will identify, document, evaluate and preserve sites related to the city’s LGBT history. As part of an effort to diversity the national registry of historic places with underrepresented communities, the U.S. Department of the Interior provided the project with a start-up grant of $50,000.

About The New York Community Trust

For 30 years or more, the Trust has supported LGBT related organizations and issues, in particular garnering support for populations that were not – and are still not in some cases – getting the resources they need, like LGBT older adults, LGBT youth and people with HIV/AIDS.  While the trust focuses on general areas like child welfare, education, health and social services, LGBT populations and concerns are always included as a matter of course in their giving, as evidenced by the long list of LGBT focused organizations in NYC that have benefited greatly and at critical times in their organizational growth, like SAGE, the Ali Forney Center, the LGBT Community Center, GRIOT Circle, FIERCE, Pride Agenda, Immigration Equality, the New York AVP, and dozens more. Many of the grantees are more than willing to tell their stories of how the Trust has helped them and there are several exciting new partnerships now being funded by the NYCT that I would be happy to tell you about.
The Sam Wilner Fund, one of the thousands of funds in The Trust, has created an enduring legacy for a man who cared deeply about the gay community and HIV/AIDS work.
Since 1924, The New York Community Trust has been the home of charitable New Yorkers who share a passion for the City and its suburbs—and who are committed to improving them. The Trust supports an array of effective nonprofits that help make the City a vital and secure place to live, learn, work, and play, while building permanent resources for the future. The New York Community Trust ended 2014 with assets of nearly $2.6 billion in more than 2,000 charitable funds, and made grants totaling $165 million (unaudited). The Trust welcomes new donors.


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