Hope for LGBTQ Young Adults

LGBTQ young adults who are homeless in New York City have never had housing resources tailored to their needs. But that changed in February, when we proudly opened Marsha’s House, the City’s first shelter to fill this gap and serve LGBTQ individuals ages 18 to 30.

Named for local LGBTQ activist Marsha P. Johnson who died in 1992, Marsha’s House has 81 beds and a wide array of programs to help clients overcome the unique vulnerabilities and discrimination that homeless LGBTQ individuals face. Services include referrals to education and employment programs, group counseling, and healthcare including HIV and transgender care.

 Residents of Marsha’s House have access to support services tailored to their needs.

Residents of Marsha’s House have access to support services tailored to their needs.

Our staff is committed to ensuring that each person who comes through our shelter, regardless of their sexual identity or gender, has the full opportunity to renew their life and reclaim hope for the future. If you are interested in getting involved, contact us at volunteer@projectrenewal.org.

Marsha's House is being embraced in the Bronx, and Council Member Ritchie Torres partnered with Project Renewal and the Department of Homeless Services to bring the shelter to his district. “It is well-documented that LGBT homeless youth face extraordinary challenges without many resources available at their disposable," says Torres.  "I’m proud to have partnered with Project Renewal and the City’s Department of Homeless Services to open the City’s first LGBT youth shelter, Marsha’s House, in my district in the Central Bronx. This shelter addresses the need for a safe space for homeless LGBTQ young adults in New York City, a group that experiences homelessness at much higher rates than their straight peers. This shelter can mean the difference between life and death for homeless LGBTQ young adults, who frequently face discrimination and violence. I am grateful that Project Renewal is running Marsha’s House and providing targeted support services for this vulnerable population.”