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The Ali Forney Center has received a gift of $300,000 from the estate of actress Bea Arthur.
The center, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth, announced at Arthur’s memorial service on Sept. 14 that they planned to purchase a building to house 12 youths and name it in her honor.
“We work with hundreds of young people who are rejected by their families because of who they are,” commented Executive Director Carl Siciliano. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude that Bea saw that LGBT youth deserve as much love and support as any other young person, and that she placed so much value in the work we do to protect them, and to help them rebuild their lives.”
The Ali Forney Center offers emergency shelter and transitional housing in seven residential sites in New York City, and operates two drop-in centers offering food, clothing, medical and mental health treatment, HIV testing, treatment and prevention services, and vocational and educational assistance. It provides services to over 1,000 young people each year.