“Golden Girls” star Bea Arthur’s estate will be funding a new LGBT homeless shelter in New York City to open in February 2017.
According to DNAInfo, Arthur left $300,000 in her will to the Ali Forney Center, a non-profit organization that supports LGBT youth. The money was used to help fund The Bea Arthur Residence, an 18-bed residence, which will be located in New York City’s East Village. In addition to housing the residence will provide case management services and on-site counseling.
Arthur, who died in 2009, was a long-time support of the Ali Forney Center. In a 2005 interview with Next Magazine Arthur spoke about her passion for the non-profit.
“These kids at the Ali Forney Center are literally dumped by their families because of the fact that they are lesbian, gay or transgender — this organization really is saving lives,” Arthur told Next Magazine.