LGBT homeless youth shelter to be named in honor of Bea Arthur

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NEW YORK -- It's been six years since entertainer Bea Arthur died. But on Monday, her face popped up on an East Village street - in photos displayed near a future residence for homeless youth.

The Broadway and television star left $300,000 in her will for these young New Yorkers - through a drop-in center that will run the Bea Arthur Residence.

The vacant, city-owned building on East 13th Street will be renovated by next year and offer 18 beds.

Monday's groundbreaking was led by Carl Siciliano, founder of the Ali Forney Center that's a last-ditch refuge for some of New York's LGBT homeless youth. Ali Forney was an African-American transgender youth killed on a Harlem street.

The construction is financed by a local government grant of about $3 million.