LA LGBT Center

05/27/2014 2:44 pm0 commentsViews: 43

HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – The Los Angeles LGBT Center announced a $25 million
fundraising campaign today to provide more affordable housing for lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender youths and seniors.
The LGBT Center wants to double the number of beds for homeless youths
to 100 and to provide more than 100 units of affordable housing for low-income
seniors and young adults, according to Lorri Jean, chief executive of the  LGBT
Center.
Up to about 40 percent of 6,000 homeless youths in Los Angeles are LGBT,
she said. The center now provides 50 beds for homeless LGBT youths.
“We’re turning away kids every day and we have to do more,” Jean said.
Affordable housing is the biggest need for LGBT seniors and youths, she
said.
“Most of of our LGBT seniors are more poor than anyone realized,” Jean
said, adding that 20 percent of the LGBT Center’s clients that are seniors
with incomes below the poverty line.
A new building is planned across the street from the LGBT Center on
Schrader Boulevard and will become the new headquarters, Jean said.
So far, donors have pledged $19 million toward the goal.

 Anita May RosensteinThe biggest single gift -- $6.5 million . Photo by Gary McCarthy

Anita May Rosenstein – The biggest
single gift — $6.5 million .
Photo by Gary McCarthy

, who said she was
happy to donate to the center to provide housing for youth and seniors on one
campus.
“This isn’t just a gift,” Rosenstein said. “It’s a solid investment
in the entire community’s future.”

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