Homeless & Runaway Youth

For many young people home is not a safe environment to live in.  Others may have experienced kidnapping or human trafficking.  helpNYC has compiled information, programs, and resources that young people can access to find help.

General Information & Support

Youth Connect Hotline

by the Department of Youth and Community Development, City of New York


646.343.6800 (Outside NYC)website
Monday - Friday9:00a - 5:00p
Program ID: 2171963384

Youth Connect is a resource and referral service for youth, families, and community-based organizations (CBO) utilizing web-based strategies and a confidential toll-free hotline. 

Youth Connect's mission is to increase access to and visibility of New York City's opportunities for young people by serving as a one-stop-shop for all youth-related resources in NYC.

National Runaway Safeline


Text 66008website
Open 24 hours, every day.
Listing ID: 2171877591

The National Runaway Safeline is the federally designated national runaway and homeless youth crisis hotline and online service in the United States.

Phone, Text, Webchat, and Email Support Available. Check out the website for forums and blog posts of young people who have runaway experience.