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D.C. LGBTQ shelter Casa Ruby shuts down amid financial crisis & alleged mismanagement

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A Casa Ruby worker serves food to a client Photo: NBC screenshot Casa Ruby, the only bilingual and multicultural LGBTQ community services center in Washington, D.C., has been forced to shut down its remaining operations. The nonprofit closed its shelter last September after the D.C. Department of Human Services announced it would not renew an annual $839,460 grant . The organization’s founder Ruby Corado resigned in October and has reportedly spent the months since in her native El Salvador.

Last week, Casa Ruby’s remaining programs and transitional housing facilities were also shut down, according to employees.

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“We took in vulnerable individuals 24 hours a day when nobody wanted them,” Casa Ruby employee Kisha Allure told The Washington Post . “We had programs for people to literally build their lives back up. We had trans women who were D.C. natives, trans women of color, and we kept them in a safe space as the mission told us to do. The full respite care center for trans people of color — built by us, ran by us — is now gone in smoke.”

“Everything is closed,” said Tania Cordova , who […]

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