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Mayor Bowser to Announce New Investments and Resources for LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

On Wednesday, January 13th at 11 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Administration officials will join Casa Ruby Executive Director Ruby Corado, Verizon State Government Affairs Director Mario Acosta-Velez, and LGBTQ advocates to announce expanded capacity for LGBTQ youth at Casa Ruby. The changes include an additional six new shelter beds, a $45,000 investment by Verizon to support Wanda Alston House and Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL) – two organizations that serve LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness in the District – and the recipients of five mini-grants to support community-based organizations involved in this work.

These investments have come as a result of the End Youth Homelessness Act and the Homeless Youth Census conducted last summer and exemplify the Bowser Administration’s commitment to ensuring equity and increasing excellence in serving District residents experiencing homelessness.

Who:
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Brenda Donald
Department of Human Services Director Laura Zeilinger
Casa Ruby Executive Director Ruby Corado
Verizon State Government Affairs Director Mario Acosta-Velez
Wanda Alston Foundation Executive Director Ken Pettigrew
SMYAL Executive Director Sultan Shakir

When:
Wednesday, January 13th at 11 am

Where:
Casa Ruby Drop-in Center
2822 Georgia Avenue, NW
*Closest Metro: Columbia Heights Metro Station*

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected].