New York will get an LGBT homeless shelter in honor of television’s Golden Girl Bea Arthur. The actress left $300,000 to the Ali Forney Centre (AFC) in New York City after her death in 2009.
The AFC is the largest LGBT community center helping LGBT homeless youth in the United States. They are committed to creating safe housing environments, food and support for young men and women who are trying to get their lives back in order.
In 2012, the Manhattan Borough President and the City Council donated $3.3 million to the AFC for renovations and repairs in order to make way for the shelter add-on.
Executive Director of the AFC Carl Siciliano said that Bea Arthur’s contribution meant the world to him, especially coming from a star of her magnitude.
“I am very grateful that we will now be able to honor Bea and continue to keep her compassion alive through the establishment of the Bea Arthur Residence for Homeless LGBT Youth,” he said.
Arthur also performed at the AFC during the global recession to raise over $40,000 in an effort to keep services and support continuous to homeless LGBT youth.
The ground breaking for the Bea Arthur Residence for Homeless LGBT Youth extension is scheduled for Monday, July 20.