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NYC designates $3.3 million for Bea Arthur Residence‎ for Homeless LGBT youth

Monday, July 9, 2012

NEW YORK — The Ali Forney Center — a homeless shelter for LGBT youth in New York City — will receive $3.3 million from the city to renovate an East Village property, according to a statement released Monday.

The city owned property will be transferred the Ali Forney Center for renovations, resulting in 18 additional beds for the program. The program currently has 77 beds in 9 different facilities and two drop-in centers for homeless LGBTQ youth.

The facility — the Bea Arthur Residence for Homeless LGBT Youth — will be named for the late “Golden Girls” star, who left the center $300,000 in her will.

Carl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center, expressed his gratitude for the budget allocation.

“We operate these programs at a real loss and have to do a tremendous amount of private fundraising just to pay the rent,” Siciliano said, in a statement.

“I am overwhelmed with gratitude that they (LGBTQ youth) are now being shown such kindness by this community and its leaders.”

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17 more reader comments:

  1. Bea Arthur <3 may she rest in peace

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 9:52pm
  2. I LOVED her so much, and this story just makes me remember how amazing she was. Seriously cried a little bit. Thank you, Bea! <3 <3 <3

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 9:53pm
  3. Bless you, Ms. Bea!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 9:55pm
  4. What a class act. Well done Bea. ANd thank you.. You are the real deal..

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 9:56pm
  5. bea arthur was very generous and very talented………words cant describe about this article and the donation will make homeless lgbt youth feel more golden

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 9:56pm
  6. OH BEA THANK YOU MUCH!! MAY YOU REST IN PEACE SWEETIE MUAH!!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 9:57pm
  7. that is terrific

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 9:58pm
  8. Very appropriate! Bea Arthur was a great friend to the LGBTQ community.

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 9:58pm
  9. can only think of one thing to say “Right on, Maud!”

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 10:03pm
  10. I loved the Golden Girls, and her generosity makes her even more special. She will always be remembered. Thanks Bea!

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 10:35pm
  11. really? thats so awesome, i miss you bea, youll always be in my heart

    Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 10:44pm
  12. That is awesome. I know that Cyndi Lauper is working on a similar housing project in New York as well…….

    Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 12:20am
  13. Pretty sure Bea Arthur would appreciate… Thanks for sharing.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 5:53am
  14. Bea Arthur was the s***! She loved everyone and I am sure she is looking down with love for this project!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 6:51am
  15. She was my FAVORITE Golden Girl. <3
    I miss them and miss watching them. <3

    Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 9:04am
  16. She is definitely missed.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 9:24am
  17. I know I loved that women. Thanks Bea for the gift.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 3:25pm