[NEWS] New LGBTQ residence targets young adults facing homelessness | Project HOME

[NEWS] New LGBTQ residence targets young adults facing homelessness


From Philadelphia Gay News

A local nonprofit housing organization is accepting applications for the first LGBTQ-friendly permanent housing residence for young homeless adults.

Project HOME is nearing completion of the Gloria Casarez Residence at 1315 N. Eighth St. The four-story, 36,000- square-foot building will include 30 one-bedroom units of affordable housing targeted to young adults (ages 18-23) who are homeless, have experienced homelessness or are at risk of homelessness, including those aging out of foster care.

Project HOME provides housing, employment opportunities, medical care and education to homeless and low-income Philadelphia residents. For years, Project HOME had plans to build an affordable housing project geared toward at-risk LGBTQ youth. The nonprofit organization raised $13.5 million from state grants, the city and private donations to build the facility and paid $1.7 million for the property, which will house the Gloria Casarez Residence, scheduled to open in January 2019.

Carolyn Crouch-Robinson, Project HOME’s director of residential services, said youth are the “fastest growing homeless population in the United States.”