(Washington, DC) – On Thursday, July 14, at 11 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Department of Human Services, will cut the ribbon on the new shelter focused on providing housing and services to District residents who are experiencing homelessness and identify as LGBTQ+. The building previously served as a family shelter, but as the District continues to drive down family homelessness and with new family shelters open citywide, was converted into a shelter dedicated to LGBTQ+ residents – a population of residents who are disproportionately affected by homelessness.
The Bowser Administration leveraged a grant through American Rescue Plan Act to establish and operate a 40-bed low-barrier emergency shelter for unaccompanied adults - 25 years of age and older - who identify as LGBTQ+ in the District. To meet the targeted needs of residents, the shelter will provide trauma-informed case management services, including mental health, substance abuse treatment, medical, and victims’ services.
Thursday, July 14 at 11 am
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Laura Green Zeilinger, Director, DC Department of Human Services
Japer Bowles, Director, Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Affairs
400 50th Street SE
*Closest Metro Station: Benning Road Metro Station*
*Closest Bikeshare Station: C.W. Harris Elementary School*
Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected].
The DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment will provide a live feed of this event. To view event online visit mayor.dc.gov/live, tune in on Channel 16 (DCN) or any of the social media platforms below.