by David Koon
A local non-profit is currently raising money with a goal of building a shelter for one of Arkansas's most vulnerable groups: homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.
The shelter, called "Lucie's Place" — named after Lucie Hamilton, a young transgender woman from Arkansas who died in New Jersey in 2009 — will provide long-term housing for homeless young adults, age 18-25.
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Lucie's Place is a project of The Living and Affected Corporation, a gay/lesbian/transgender advocacy group based in Little Rock. Organizers hope to raise $20,000 for Lucie's Place this summer with a series of fundraisers, toward an eventual goal of $100,000 needed to open the shelter by early 2012.
The plan is to allow residents to live there for up to two years — rent-free the first year, and $150 per month for the second year. During their stay, residents will receive assistance with job searches, school applications, and filing for public aid. Mike Lauro of Lauro Law, a Little Rock based LGBT-oriented law firm, will offer legal services in conjunction with support and volunteer opportunities from Bowen Lambda, the LGBT law student group of the UALR Bowen School of Law.
The next monthly planning meeting for the Lucie's Place project will be on Mon., June 13th at 5:30 p.m. at Boulevard Bread, 1417 Main Street in Little Rock. For more information on upcoming fundraisers, or to donate to the cause, visit the Lucie's Place website..