Today’s negotiations between Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council on a $68.5 billion city budget saved $7 million of funding for youth homeless services, Advocate.com reports. 160 of the 250 existing youth shelter beds were set to be cut in the mayor’s proposed budget.
Carl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth, was thankful to the Council for voting to keep the funding, but kept a realistic outlook. “I am grateful to the New York City Council for preventing the catastrophic cuts to youth shelter beds proposed by the Mayor,” he said in a statement. “But maintaining 250 beds for 3,800 homeless youths is not a victory, especially for the youth whose lives are endangered as they suffer in the streets without access to shelter.”