The LGBTQ Policy Center at Roosevelt House invites you to attend a new public program presented in-person and on Zoom “The LGBTQ Homelessness Crisis in New York”

According to UCLA’s William’s Institute, LGBTQ adults are far more likely to experience homelessness than the general population. In particular, homelessness rates are highest among transgender, Black and Latinx LGBTQ people. The crisis is especially acute for LGBTQ youth, who comprise up to 40% of the nation’s homeless youth.

This event will bring together leading policymakers and advocates to discuss the root causes of the LGBTQ homelessness crisis in New York as well as proposed policy solutions.


Joe Pressley ’08 (he/him) is CEO of the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), the nation’s oldest LGBTQ youth services agency, which provides comprehensive direct services and referrals to LGBTQ youth aged 13 – 24, including housing support for homeless youth.  Previously, he served as Executive Director for the New York AIDS Coalition. He has also served as Senior Director of Policy and Government Relations for Harlem United Community AIDS Center, and Director of Special Projects for Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito before she became Speaker in 2014, when he became Deputy Chief of Staff.  Pressley also served as a Deputy Commissioner at the NYC Department of Homeless Services. The Brooklyn native holds an MA in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the New School for Public Engagement, and a BA in Urban Social Sciences from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program at Hunter College.

Daniel Tietz (He/Him) was appointed Acting Commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance in December 2021 by Governor Kathy Hochul. He leads a state agency charged with oversight of support programs and economic assistance for low-income New Yorkers. Previously, Tietz served as Interim CEO of Bronx Parent Housing Network, a provider of emergency shelter and social services to over 2,000 individuals in more than a dozen facilities. Tietz was also appointed by the State Supreme Court to serve as Temporary Receiver/CEO for Children’s Community Services, Inc. He has also served as the CEO of Bailey House, which has a 40-year history of providing housing and support services to individuals and families with HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions. Prior to that, Mr. Tietz served as the Chief Special Services Officer for the NYC Department of Social Services/Human Resources Administration (DSS/HRA). He oversaw programs that focused on the most vulnerable New Yorkers, including day-to-day shelter and intake operations for approximately 60,000 New Yorkers experiencing homelessness.

Erin Mayo-Adam (she/her), moderator, is the Director of the LGBTQ Policy Center at Roosevelt House, an assistant professor in the Political Science Department, and a member of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Faculty and Curriculum Committee. She is the author of Queer Alliances: How Power Shapes Political Movement Formation and has published in numerous academic outlets, including the Law & Society ReviewLaw & Social Inquiry, and the Oxford Encyclopedia of LGBT Politics and Policy. Her research is situated in the fields of American politics, law and society, and political theory and bridges scholarship on social movements, interest groups and public policy, intersectionality, gender and sexuality, and migration and labor politics.

This event is co-sponsored by the CUNY LGBTQ Advisory Council and Speaker Series, and it is made possible by the generous support of the New York City Council.

To join the program via Zoom, please click on this link

The LGBTQ Homelessness Crisis in New York | Posted on April 25th, 2022 | LGBTQ Center Program