D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Oct. 30 that the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs has awarded a combined $75,000 in grant funding to six community-based organizations for services to LGBT homeless youth and families in the District.
“The grants are intended to strengthen the organizational capacity, support leadership development, and ensure sustainability among nonprofits serving LGBTQ youth and young adults in D.C.,” a statement released by the mayor’s office says. “Grants were made in amounts between $10,000 and $15,000,” the statement says.
Three of the six organizations receiving grants are not LGBT organizations but have provided services to LGBT people. They include the Anacostia Coordinating Council for which longtime D.C. gay rights advocate Phil Pannell serves as executive director; the Total Family Care Coalition; and the Young Playwrights’ Theater Inc.
The LGBT groups receiving the grants are the Metro D.C. Center for the LGBT Community; the Wanda Alston Foundation; and Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc.
The LGBT community services center Casa Ruby, which currently provides services for homeless LGBT youth, was not among the groups receiving a grant from the Office of LGBTQ Affairs for 2018. However, Casa Ruby was one of 63 community-based groups to receive a 2018 grant from the Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs to provide “culturally and linguistically appropriate services to the District’s Latino community.”