The New York City-based Elton John AIDS Foundation announced on Dec. 5 that it has approved a grant of $75,000 to Casa Ruby, the D.C. LGBT community service center with a special outreach to the transgender and Latino communities.
“I am pleased to inform you that the Executive Board of the Elton John AIDS Foundation approved a grant of $75,000 to Casa Ruby based on the proposal submitted earlier this year,” said Matt Blinstrubas, the foundation’s director of grants, in an email to Casa Ruby.
“The Board and staff of the Elton John AIDS Foundation look forward to learning more about your work over the coming months and year,” Blinstrubas said. “Thank you for your commitment to health, justice, and to ending the AIDS epidemic for everyone, once and for all.”
Ruby Corado, founder and chief executive officer of Casa Ruby, said the grant money would be used to strengthen Casa Ruby’s ongoing HIV prevention and service related programs targeting the transgender and Latino LGBT communities.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation grant comes about a month after the D.C. Department of Human Services approved a grant of $379,000 to help Casa Ruby operate a transitional home for between 10 and 12 LGBT youth who are homeless.
Corado and transgender activist Alexandra Beninda, who’s working with Casa Ruby on the homeless youth facility, have said the city grant doesn’t cover expenses such as furnishing and improvements on a building Casa Ruby expects to rent to serve as home to the homeless youth.
The two said they are working on fundraising efforts to help raise between $30,000 and $40,000 needed to open the house.