March 20, 2019 at 10:21 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Council member calls for housing funds for LGBT youth, seniors
Trayon White, gay news, Washington Blade
D.C. Council member Trayon White (D-Ward 8) wants to add $500,000 to back housing for LGBT youth and seniors. (Photo via Facebook)

D.C. Council member Trayon White (D-Ward 8) is calling on Mayor Muriel Bowser to add $500,000 to the city’s proposed fiscal year 2019 budget to support nonprofit organizations providing housing-related services for LGBT youth and seniors.

White called for the funds to come from the budget of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, which is headed by lesbian community housing expert Polly Donaldson, one of Bowser’s many LGBT appointments to high-level city positions.

White included the funding proposal for LGBT youth and senior housing as one of 18 specific funding proposals on a wide range of issues, including violence prevention efforts, youth mentorship programs, and home ownership assistance.

He used the term “LGBTQ” as the heading for his youth and seniors housing funds proposal, which he said should be allocated in the form of city grants to support “organizations that are working on housing security to LGBT seniors and homeless youth.”

A spokesperson for Donaldson couldn’t immediately be reached to determine whether Donaldson and the mayor support White’s proposal.

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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