Late actress Bea Arthur, most famous for her role on Golden Girls, will have an LGBT homeless shelter opening in her name early next year.
LGBT lost souls who have no place to go can turn to The Bea Arthur Residence in New York City’s East Village. The facility will offer 18 beds for LGBT youth who need a roof over their heads as well as support. They will also offer counseling and other social services to those who need it.
The Ali Forney Center is the nonprofit organization helping with the opening of The Bea Arthur Residence. The actress has previously said: “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.”
After Bea Arthur donated $300,000 to the Ali Forney Center, Carl Siciliano, the Executive Director said: “Now between our 12 housing sites and 24/7 drop-in center we are able to provide for over 1,000 youths per year.”
He continued: “I honestly don’t know how we would have made it through the recession without that extraordinary gift. Bea Arthur truly meant it when she said she would do anything to help our kids.”