What We Do


The Wanda Alston Foundation is the only housing program in Washington, DC solely dedicated to offering pre-independent transitional living and support services to homeless or at-risk LGBTQ youth ages 16 to 24 in all eight wards.

Wanda Alston House is a transition housing program which provides much needed housing for homeless LGBTQ youth in the nation’s capital. The program provides not only a safe place for youth to live, but also includes life skills training and links to other social services.

We also offer the Capacity Building Assistance Program which helps community allies better understand and work with LGBTQ youth.

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Wanda Alston House

Our organization provides temporary housing of up to 18 months to LGBTQ youth in need through our transitional housing program, Wanda Alston House. The program is named after DC resident Wanda Alston, a LGBT activist whose goal of empowering the LGBT community was cut short by her tragic death.

The Wanda Alston House seeks to carry on the work of its namesake by providing LGBTQ youth a safe place to live while offering services to prepare them for the future.

Capacity Building Assistance (CBA)

The Wanda Alston Foundation envisions a world where all community systems are accessible, effective and free from prejudice. To make that goal a reality, we offer capacity building assistance to both local and national organizations.

Our CBA program focuses on four key areas to improve the lives of LGBTQ youth: working with LGBTQ youth of color, understanding the transgender community, utilizing and understanding interventions and public health strategies for LGBTQ youth, and working with LGBTQ youth and their families.