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Children’s Services Investigating Alleged Abuses At Group Home For LGBT Teens

City Limits has a worrisome piece on the Gramercy Residence at Ungar House, a group home in Manhattan for queer runaways, now under investigation by the city’s Administration for Children’s Services.

Operated by Green Chimneys, the Gramercy Residence is tasked with offering year-round housing, meals and care to LGBT youths ages 16-20. But now current and former residents say staffers there have used excessive force, mismanaged residents’ finances and engaged in sexual misconduct.

In a statement a representative from Green Chimneys said:

“We take all allegations very seriously and have done a careful investigation into the recent claims. We have a consistently strong record of service and a long history of providing care and support to our residents. Our fully trained staff follow all agency and program policies and procedures, which serve to maintain a safe and supportive environment for our youth, and we immediately address any reported issues as mandated by the City and State agencies to which we are accountable.”

Photo: Green Chimneys