NYC is cutting funding for homeless youth, which of course means that queer youth with be disproportionately affected. I fail to see how these costs can't be absorbed by the federal government, as unemployment is at 10-17% (depending on how you count) and having working class people help impoverished people have a place to stay while they finish school and enter the workforce should be an absolute no-brainer. It would put money into the economy, develop the future's workforce, and reduce suffering all around.
In a city budget of more than $60 billion, the funds at issue are miniscule. The cuts announced total $969,407 in fiscal year 2011 and $700,000 in the subsequent year, according to the advocates.
Nearly 20 percent of that first year reduction -- $186,000 -- will be borne by the two city-funded groups that work specifically with LGBT homeless youth: the Ali Forney Center and the Bronx Community Pride Center. Both Ali Forney and the Bronx Center have drop-in centers that are City Council-funded projects, which are losing half of their money.
For the Bronx Center, that means a reduction in budget for its drop-in center from $86,000 to $43,000. According to Dirk McCall, the Center's executive director, its drop-in initiative was already reeling from the loss of a $425,000 three-year contract awarded to another Bronx social service agency at the time it was up for renewal.
Then again, I'm asking for a logical debate here, when the real issue is a power relationship. Not only do homeless queer youth not vote, no one would care about them if they did because they don't donate.