Intergenerational Residence

Intergenerational Residence

West End Intergenerational Residence (WIR) is a unique mixed-age housing facility catering to three generations. Since opening our doors in 1989, our creative, flexible services and dedicated staff have helped thousands of young families secure housing stability and provided a permanent, affordable home with supportive services to low-income older adults.

WIR provides temporary housing with support services to 54 homeless young mothers aged 18-24, who are pregnant or with one or two children aged 7 and younger. All families are referred by the New York City Department of Homeless Services.

The homeless mothers we serve are the youngest heads of household in the shelter system.  In addition to suffering the trauma of homelessness, roughly two-thirds of these women are also survivors of domestic violence. West End provides these women more than just temporary shelter.  During their stay at West End, young mothers receive comprehensive educational, vocational, life skills and child development programming. Our goal is to help women become self-sufficient by giving them the tools and support they need to continue their education, find employment, live independently and break the cycle of violence for themselves and their children.  For the children, we have on-site childcare that not only provides a safe, happy learning environment, but also allows their mothers to participate in programming, work and find permanent housing.  We also house an on-site health clinic.

Additionally, WIR is a permanent home to 40 single low-income adults aged 55 years and older who are capable of independent living, are free of alcohol/drug dependence and are without sever psychiatric disorders. Applicants may be referred by the New York City Department of Homeless Services or Community Based Organizations. For these residents, we provide a welcoming and stable permanent home, with a room of their own and the on-site services they need to remain healthy and independent.

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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.