Girl Scout Troop 6000, the first troop to serve homeless girls and women, was awarded $1 million to expand its services to homeless shelters across the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday.
The troop, which is made up of girls currently living in the Sleep Inn in Long Island City, serves 21 children living in the 10-story hotel. It was established in March with partnership with the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and Girl Scouts of Greater New York.
The additional $1 million will help expand the program to 15 sites that house homeless families and the city estimates that the funds will allow at least 500 girls to join the Girl Scouts in its first year. The city estimates that roughly one-third of its homeless shelter population are children 17 and younger. According to the DHS shelter census, families make up nearly 70