Who You Support

Trinity Place Shelter

The mission of Trinity Place Shelter is to support queer youth and young adults to safely transition out of the shelter system. Residents of Trinity Place stay for up to 18 months and receive individualized care, respect, and the basic services so often denied them. Trinity Place Shelter, located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is a non-sectarian 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Trinity Place is one of the only long-term shelters in New York City that is specifically for the LGBTQIA+ community. Trinity Place offers a safe and affirming home where residents can receive individual and group counseling services, work readiness support, educational guidance, art therapy, as well as connections to legal and medical services through our community partnerships. Trinity Place has an 80% success rate in transitioning young individuals into independent, long term housing.

From Founding to 2021

Trinity Place Shelter was founded by a professional social worker, a pastor, and a teacher. In 2006, Kevin Lotz, LCSW, Pastor Heidi Neumark, and Lydie Raschka, M.Ed., opened the doors of Trinity Place and it has been continuously open for every night since.

In March 2020, Trinity Place responded to the COVID-19 crisis and became a 24-hour shelter. The emergency response led by the current director, Wendy Kaplan, saved lives. In expanding the hours and services during the pandemic, Trinity Place Shelter has grown and is looking forward to a future when that growth can be permanent. 

Your support is crucial in maintaining this momentum and allowing Trinity Place Shelter to holistically care for the LGBTQIA+ community in New York.

LGBTQIA+ Youth Homelessness

Board of Directors

The Rev. Heidi Neumark
Executive Director

David McMahon
Board Chair

Anne Fry
Treasurer

Oscar Cragwell
Nicholas Forge
Aminda Hickman
Jennifer Ibrahim
Julian Moreno
Jenny Odegard
Lydie Raschka
Paul Smith-Leonard
Dan Spinello
Stephen Von Der Launitz
Board Members