Bea Arthur Residence is a ‘Golden’ moment for homeless gay youth.
The Bea Arthur Residence, an 18-bed shelter for homeless LGBT youth, is set to be finished by February 2017 and workers are hoping to open their doors soon after.
Arthur was a long-time supporter of the LGBT community, especially young members, and left $300,000 in her will to the Ali Forney Center, which provides housing for young people in New York City.
Before her passing Arthur said: ““These kids at the Ali Forney Center are literally dumped by their families because of the fact that they are lesbian, gay or transgender.
“This organization really is saving lives.”
The Golden Girls made it her personal mission to help the many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth who are made homeless simply because their families reject them for being who they are.
In 2005 Arthur revived her one-woman Broadway benefit which raised $40,000 for the Ali Forney Center. She then continued to use her fame and status to promote the organization’s work until she died in 2009.
The building will soon be open to provide shelter, on-site counseling and case management to New York’s LGBT homeless youth.
People can support the Bea Arthur Residence simply by visiting the site’s donation page.