November 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Casa Ruby wins grant for homeless facility
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Ruby Corado, executive director of Casa Ruby (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The D.C. Department of Human Services has given preliminary approval for Casa Ruby to receive a grant for as much as $380,000 to operate a transitional home for between 10 and 12 LGBT youth who are homeless, according to Ruby Corado, Casa Ruby’s founder and executive director.

“We already provide services for homeless youth but we don’t have a place for them to live while they transition to a permanent home,” Corado said. “It has been my dream that we can provide a place for these kids to stay.”

According to Corado, the grant would require Casa Ruby to obtain a house or other residential facility for the LGBT youth to stay that isn’t covered by the grant.

“We are going to launch a fundraising effort to cover those costs,” she said. “We will have to rent a house. We are looking at properties.”

Corado said officials at the Department of Human Services were expected to contact Casa Ruby this week to provide final details on the grant, including the amount of funding Casa Ruby is to receive.

A spokesperson for the DHS couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on the Casa Ruby grant.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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