Storm wrecked NY gay youth center gets quick help - CBS46 News

Storm wrecked NY gay youth center gets quick help

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NEW YORK (AP) -

It took only hours for Super storm Sandy's surging waters to destroy an emergency drop-in center for homeless gay youths in New York City.

But almost as quickly, a social media outpouring helped raise money for a new, bigger Ali Forney Center to keep helping dozens of young people a day with medical care, counseling and a safe place to sleep.

A blogger posted the bad news about the Manhattan center and it went viral on Twitter. Donations of more than $250,000 -- and counting -- have come in to rebuild the center.

The facility was founded a decade ago as a last-ditch refuge for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths.

The City Council says LGBT youth represent about half of New York's nearly 4,000 homeless young people.

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