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West End Intergenerational Residence – Tier II Program

Criteria: – DHS Referral – Age 18-24 – Children under 7 years (may be pregnant without other children) Typical: – High School Drop-out – Little or no work experience – 3rd Generation Welfare Recipient – Never lived on their own Likely: – Domestic Violence History – Poor Parenting Skills Opportunities While …

West End Intergenerational Residence – SRO Program

Criteria: – DHS or Community Based Referral – Over 55 – Homeless or At Risk – Low Income Typical: – Late 60’s Early 70’s upon admission – Apartment Eviction for Non-payment – Aging Issues Likely: – Some drinking or gambling issues – Loneliness and Depression Available Services: – Case Management …

True Colors Residence & True Colors Bronx

Criteria: – LGBT – 18-24 upon admission – Homeless – 18 must fit NY/NYIII substance use criteria – 23 must fit HUD disability criteria – 7  are non-disabled (to date all referrals have come from DYCD providers) Typical: – Forced out of family home – No support system – TCR is …

There continues to be confusion about West End’s True Colors supportive housing programs and any affiliation they may have to the True Colors Fund. While sharing a deep commitment to ending LGBT youth homelessness, the True Colors Residence (TCR) and True Colors Bronx (TCBx) are in no way connected to True Colors Fund (the Fund). Rather, TCR and TCBx are supportive housing programs solely created, developed, and operated by West End Residences. They are not part of the Fund nor does the Fund have any role in the residences other than providing some limited financial support in the past. West End’s connection to Cyndi Lauper as co-founder of TCR and TCBx, is separate from her work as co-founder of the Fund.

West End Residences and the True Colors Fund are both wonderful organizations working to improve the lives of LGBT youth but our missions and activities are very different. We hope the information below helps to provide clarity.

Housing Services
West End Residences

Mission Statement: West End’s mission is to provide safe and supportive transitional and permanent housing together with comprehensive services that assist and empower homeless and formerly homeless youth, families, and older adults to live full and productive lives.

Program Areas: At our True Colors Residence and True Colors Bronx sites West End provides affordable housing and onsite social services for formerly homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.

Public Policy & Awareness
True Colors Fund

Mission Statement: The True Colors Fund works to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, creating a world in which young people can be their true selves.

Program Areas: Through a broad continuum of community organizing, public engagement, public policy, research, and youth collaboration programs, the True Colors Fund is working to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth by creating systemic change at the local, state and national levels.