Ruth Ellis Center to Boost LGBTQ+ Youth Housing Program with $250K Grant 

TD Bank grant to strengthen efforts to improve outcomes for Michigan LGBTQ+ homeless youth

TD Charitable Foundation (TDCF), the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, has awarded the Ruth Ellis Center (REC) a $250,000 Housing for Everyone grant to help support the Center’s continuum of affordable supportive housing options and services for LGBTQ+ youth.

“As LGBTQ+ young people continue to be disproportionately affected by homelessness nationwide, it is imperative that organizations and funders alike prioritize the health, safety and well-being of this underserved population,” said REC Director of Development and Advancement Mark Erwin.

From case management to healthcare and basic needs to systems navigation, funding from the TD Charitable Foundation’s Housing for Everyone grant program will ensure young people served by REC have the resources necessary to stabilize and thrive.

"Congratulations to the Ruth Ellis Center on this amazing accomplishment,” said Andrew Stuart, president and CEO of TD Auto Finance. “Over the past seven years, all of us at TD Auto Finance have witnessed the incredible work Ruth Ellis Center does for LGBTQ+ youth in our community. We are confident the support from the TD Charitable Foundation will provide much needed funding so the Center can continue to meet the growing need among LGBTQ+ youth for housing assistance and other critical resources."

The Ruth Ellis Center grant is part of $5.8 million donated to 33 organizations across TD Bank’s Maine-to-Florida footprint. The TDCF has, to date, given more than $42 million to more than 500 affordable housing projects and initiatives.