(SAN DIEGO) – The San Diego LGBT Community Center announced today U.S. Bank, which has been supporting their programs and services since 2003, has donated an additional $5,000 to the Sunburst Housing Project.
"The Center is deeply grateful for U.S. Bank’s generous gift in support of our Housing Project," said Center development director Jeffrey M. Wergeles. "The funds received will be used to further our employment program, which provides additional opportunity for our residents to succeed in today’s difficult economic environment."
One of the first programs of its kind in the United States, the Sunburst Housing Project provides 23 units of affordable, supportive housing for formerly homeless young adults, 18-24 years of age, with a special focus on LGBT youth. These high-risk youth are currently transitioning out of living on the streets or in public spaces, many after having been ejected from their homes because of their sexual orientation. The project is located in downtown San Diego, close to City College, public transportation, community health facilities and other essential resources.
U.S. Bank’s ongoing support of The Center has helped them provide safe housing, job skills training, mentoring and employment, the means to complete educational goals, and access to essential services such as primary health care, mental health care and substance abuse treatment.