True Colors Named NYC Supportive Housing Residence of the Year
True Colors has been honored as the 2013 NYC Residence of the Year by the Supportive Housing Network of New York.
Supportive Housing Network Deputy Executive Director Nicole Branca presented the award to Colleen Jackson, Executive Director of West End Residences, at the Network’s annual awards gala on Oct 16th.
Located in northern Manhattan, True Colors Residence (TCR) is New York’s first supportive housing residence serving exclusively lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth – who are among the most underserved and vulnerable New Yorkers. It is a project of West End Residences HDFC, Inc. with partners Cyndi Lauper and her manager, Lisa Barbaris.
Branca painted a stark portrait of the situation facing New York’s homeless youth, urging more providers to make plans to serve them, and LGBT youth in particular:
“In New York City more than 1 out of every 10 single homeless people are youth – unaccompanied youth – but less than 2% of our supportive housing is for youth, and only 30 units for LGBT youth. (more…)