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.