It’s now called the Los Angeles LGBT Center – read all about the ambitious expansion plans
This is very exciting news!
The Los Angeles LGBT Center (note the new name!) launched a $25 million campaign today to develop a revolutionary campus with affordable housing for youth and seniors.
Longtime supporter Lily Tomlin joined center CEO Lorri L. Jean at a press conference announcing the plans.
‘The Center has always risen to the occasion for our community – relentlessly finding ways to build the health and strength of LGBT people when few others had the interest or ability to do so,’ Jean said.
‘Now that the demand for services and housing for LGBT youth and seniors is acute, it’s time for us to step up again.’
The center, which claims to be the world’s largest provider of programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, plans t0 double its number of beds for homeless LGBT youth to 100.
The center’s beds for homeless youth are always full because Los Angeles is one of the most popular destinations for homeless LGBT youth. Of the 6,000 youth living on the streets of Los Angeles, 20% are LGBT.
The expansion will also provide more than 100 units of affordable housing for low-income seniors and young adults and create a new senior center, among other additions.
The center points out that LGBT seniors are four times less likely than their heterosexual counterparts to have children or grandchildren to care for them, more likely to be poor, and often encounter discrimination in traditional senior facilities.
The project is expected to break ground in 2016 with construction taking two years.
The press conference took place on the same day that the center, formerly known as the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, officially changed its name and logo to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.