Transgender Activist Realizes Dream of Creating Shelter For Young LGBT Adults

Published: December 19, 2014

Lauren Ober
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Ruby Corado has no shame in sharing the story of how she became homeless. Six and a half years ago, while trying to get out of an abusive relationship, she ended up on the street. As a transgender immigrant woman, she was particularly vulnerable.

She vowed that if she made it off the streets, she would help people in her situation — gay, trans, without resources or family to look out for them. Two and a half years after founding Casa Ruby, a nonprofit in the District that serves the LGBT population, she’s making good on her pledge.

In November, Corado’s organization received a $380,000 grant from the D.C. Department of Human Services, administered by the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness, to help start the Casa Ruby LGBT Youth House in the District’s Columbia Heights neighborhood. The house will serve a dozen queer homeless youth between the ages of 18 and 24. Youth in the house will be able to stay for 18 months and will have access to job training and social workers. They’ll even have a cook.

Corado talked with WAMU 88.5 about the progress Casa Ruby has made on the shelter, which she says they hope to open in the next couple months, and why she thinks it’s necessary.

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