In what can only be described as another heartless move to balance a states budget. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is planning to completely end state funding for homeless youth shelters.
Recently homeless youth and Ali Foley Center resident Raciel Castillo sent the following letter to Governor Cuomo and I’d like to share it with you.
Governor Cuomo, I understand that you intend to end the funding from New York State to support youth shelter beds. This means that on July 1st, many of us will be put out of our shelter beds and be thrown out to the streets. I want you to understand that this will put our lives at risk.
It is hard to be a homeless kid, having nowhere to stay and feeling alone and unwanted. For me the worst part was feeling hopeless. I know a bunch of homeless gay kids who have told me that they considered suicide. People think it is just because of bullying in schools, but it is also because of being rejected by our families and forced to make it on the streets. One of my friends tried to throw herself in front of a subway. She said she was tired of being invisible. Thank god some of my friends were able to hold her back.
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. I know some who have to prostitute themselves just to have a place to sleep. Kids get beat up and hurt on the streets. The Ali Forney Center is named after a kid who was murdered on the streets. Too many of us were thrown out by parents who refuse to care about us. Please Governor Cuomo, don’t throw us away also.
I BEG ALL OF YOU to sign THIS LETTER to Gov. Cuomo NOT TO CUT this funding. You need not be a New York resident to raise your voice, because so many of New York City’s homeless kids flee here from other states it is not only up to New Yorkers to help these poor kids. What kind of society do we have when we keep giving tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires and we can’t fight for and fund shelters for homeless CHILDREN?
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It’s the shelters and group homes roofs that keeps them alive, but it’s the lack of hope and respect that will kill them.