Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A message from the LGBT Health and Human Services Network

The Pride Agenda recently released its 2008-2009 Health and Human Services Report for the New York State Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health and Human Services Network. Below is a message from our Network staff in Albany:

The Empire State Pride Agenda is proud to announce the publication of the 2008-2009 Annual Report of the New York State Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health and Human Services Network.

Each year, the Network helps to educate the State of New York on the health needs of LGBT New Yorkers and the resources needed to address these concerns. The Network Annual Report, which is informed by data collected by LGBT service providers in NYS, reflects the programs offered by Network organizations and the types of services that are being provided across the state.

The Network is a coalition of more than 50 community-based organizations that provides non HIV services to LGBT communities across New York State. Ranging from homelessness prevention and legal assistance to youth empowerment and mental health treatment, Network organizations are providing invaluable services to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers.

In addition to maintaining the statewide infrastructure that keeps these organizations connected, the Pride Agenda works with Network organizations to advocate for the funding needed to continue their work. Since the mid-90s, the Pride Agenda has been successful in securing over $45 million for LGBT-focused organizations.

Like many not-for-profit agencies in the state, the Network’s organizations are struggling to meet an increased demand for services, even though public resources have actually decreased. Nonprofits across the state are being asked to do more with less, and Network organizations are no exception. Network member organizations have, for the first time, reported providing services in all 62 counties of the state. The members of the Network also increased services to LGBT youth by over 15% and engaged over 2,000 volunteers in the work being done in those organizations.

Despite a tough economic climate, the Network continues to serve LGBT New Yorkers and is looking forward to a challenging and successful year ahead.

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