It looks like a renovation nightmare. But a rundown, three-story building in Midtown may in the coming months provide more temporary housing for homeless gay youth than Atlanta's ever seen.
But first the elbow grease. Lots of it. And cash. Lots of that, too. If anyone can pull this off, it's Lost N Found Youth. After all, the upstart non-profit turned a hulking 13,000-square-foot facility off Cheshire Bridge Road into a thrift store to raise money to fund its efforts to care for Atlanta's homeless LGBT teens.
So a 7,000-square-foot former office building should be nothing, right? Right. The structure, built in 1904, sits on a nearly half-acre lot on Juniper between 4th and 5th streets, just behind Saint Mark United Methodist Church.
Lost N Found quietly inked a 20-year lease, then started talking publicly about how the facility could quadruple the number of gay youth it serves. And the estimated $400,000 it will take for the renovation. All by this November.
This will continue to make Atlanta the place that our youth will recognize as the caring, diverse capital of the Southeast.
We are ready for the work ahead. We will continue to mobilize our community and our supporters to do the hard work of saving the lives of our youth in Georgia.
Now, that elbow grease. Lost N Found is asking for help to prepare the building for the upcoming renovations. The public cleanups are scheduled for Jan. 18 and Jan. 25.
Calling all members and supporters of the LGBT community! Come one, come all! Sisters, faes, sports teams, drag queens, leatherfolk, business groups, church groups, synagogues—we need you!
On Saturday, January 18 and Saturday, January 25, 10:00a-4:00p we have scheduled a cleanup day for the new Lost-n-Found house that you may have heard about. The new facility will enable us to triple and possibly quadruple the number of homeless youth we can help, but it needs some TLC!
On these two days, we will clean out the building to get it ready for the rehab work. So it is time to roll up your sleeves and help us get to work.