russell simmons
by Ali Berman
Categories: Causes, People
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Russell Simmons is calling on his twitter followers to help rebuild the Ali Forney Center, an organization that provides housing for homeless LGBT youth, after their facility was left devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

The organization told their supporters on the website, “the water level went four feet high, destroying our phones, computers, refrigerator, food and supplies.” They continue, “This is a terrible tragedy for the homeless LGBT youth we serve there. This space was dedicated to our most vulnerable kids, the thousands stranded on the streets without shelter, and was a place where they received food, showers, clothing, medical care, HIV testing and treatment, and mental health and substance abuse services. Basically a lifeline for LGBT kids whose lives are in danger.”

Thankfully the NYC LGBT Center has offered the Ali Forney Center space to use until they can repair and rebuild, but it’s just a temporary solution.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, “20% of homeless youth are LGBT. In comparison, the general youth population is only 10% LGBT.” These kids need our help. To find out what you can do, visit their website.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is a writer, teacher and activist. She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Ali is also a fiction writer. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • guest

    How much did Simmons donate to rebuild the center??