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

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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