The Washington, D.C. homeless shelter is open to people who ‘identify as LGBTQ+ in the District
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is using federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to open a homeless shelter for individuals who “identify as LGBTQ+ in the District.”
The homeless shelter opened its doors on Thursday and Bowser attended a ribbon cutting at the building.
A press release for the shelter’s opening states that it’s focused on providing housing and services to residents “who are experiencing homelessness and identify as LGBTQ+.”
The building where the homeless shelter is located was previously used for a family homeless shelter, according to the press release.
“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 press release states.
According to the press release, the project was funded through a grant from the American Rescue Plan Act, which was passed in March 2021.