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New LGBTQ Youth Affordable Housing

By Charlotte Robinson, June 30, 2021

In New Jersey the LGBT RAIN Foundation broke ground on its first affordable & inclusive LGBTQ housing development. The building will house eleven homeless LGBTQ young adults & those with disabilities. The project is being consulted by Monarch Housing a non-profit pioneer in housing development for marginalized communities making this their first project related to LGBTQ young adults. The units will provide safe, affordable & supportive housing allowing residents to become independent & self-sufficient. Elaine Helms, Founder & Executive Director of LGBT RAIN stated, “This much needed supportive housing project has been a personal vision of mine for a long time & it’s incredible to see how it has become a community mission. The leaders & warriors of our communities have come together to help make RAIN what it is today; eleven one bedroom units is a huge step for RAIN & a huge step towards our goal of making sure chronically homeless LGBTQ young adults know & feel that they belong.” Each resident will additionally receive supportive services from the LGBT RAIN Foundation & its partners to address their health, financial & psychosocial needs. These services include case management, social services & programming designed to best support sustainable & healthy futures for LGBTQ young adults. Upon completion of this project the apartment building will be addressing a tremendous need within the current Continuum of Care which is the need for permanent affordable housing. As the project is the first of its kind in the New Jersey area it is a necessary effort to show LGBTQ individuals that their lives are valued & celebrated. It is a space for people to live without the fear of discrimination that too frequently occurs in housing.  For More Info…

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