In a March 18 ceremony attended by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember David Ryu, the world’s largest LGBT organization broke ground on construction of its Anita May Rosenstein Campus, a first-of-its-kind complex in Hollywood that will offer comprehensive multi-generational services and housing, including 135 units of affordable housing for seniors and youth, 100 beds for homeless youth, new youth and senior centers, and much more. Spanning more than a city block, the campus will connect with the Center’s arts, cultural and educational facility—The Village at Ed Gould Plaza—located directly across the street.

Center CEO Lorri L. Jean announced to those assembled, including campaign donors and civic, political, and community leaders, that a record $35 million toward the $40 million goal has been pledged so far. This includes the largest gift by a living person to an LGBT organization in the amount of $7 million from philanthropist Anita May Rosenstein through the Anita May Rosenstein Foundation, Wilbur D. May Foundation, and the Anita and Arnold Rosenstein Family Foundation.

The campus, designed by Leong Leong—recently honored by the Architectural League of New York as one of this year’s “emerging voices” architectural firms—and brought to fruition by executive architects Killefer Flammang (2016 California Council AIA Firm Award winner) scheduled to be completed in early 2019 as the Center marks its 50th anniversary.

“Nearly a decade ago, we began to dream of a project unlike any other: a beautiful multi-generational campus with new and expanded social services, together with affordable housing for seniors and youth,” said Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “More than that, we dreamed of uniting it with The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, our arts, cultural and educational facility. Combined, the two locations will offer more integrated services for LGBT people than any other place in the world. I’m enormously grateful to the many donors, community and elected leaders, and financing partners who are making the dream a reality. The need for the Anita May Rosenstein Campus has never been greater and so is the need for the health and mental health services that we’ll be able to expand in our McDonald/Wright Building when we relocate staff and programs to the new campus.”

The Center has secured federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing that will result in over $9 million of subsidy for the Campus. Without NMTCs, the Campus project would not be able to move forward at this time. The Center thanks its NMTC partners: TELACU, Los Angeles Development Fund, Genesis LA, Low Income Investment Fund, and Wells Fargo.

March 24, 2017