Officials tout specialized homeless shelter system

The city Department of Homeless Services is trying to tackle the growing problem of homelessness with new specialized shelters, including one for the LGBTQ community in Fordham.



Along with Project Renewal, the city is offering outreach at Marsha's House to people regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, officials say.



Officials describe the new outreach as an upgrade to the previous approach, which more or less amounted to a one-size-fits-all system.



Marsha's House offers vocational training in the culinary arts and a variety of services geared specifically toward LGBTQ needs.



It currently houses 31 people, but has room for 80.



It is the first of 90 new homeless shelters the mayor wants to build.


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