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The Wanda Alston House is a transitional housing center for LGBT teens aged 16 to 22 opened on July 8, 2008. It is a three-story, eight-bedroom brick building and is located on the 800 block of 46th Street, N.E. in the Deanwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C.. It is named after Wanda Alston, a local lesbian activist who was murdered under suspicious circumstances in 2005.

Function and servicesEdit

It is operated by the Transgender Health Empowerment group, a local group, and was partly funded by the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness. Unlike a homeless shelter which provides basic, emergency room and board on a daily basis, the Alston House selects prospective residents through a screening process and provides residents room and board for a period ranging from a few weeks to several months. It also provides a licensed social worker who is designated to provide residents with guidance and direction to social and community resources in order to elevate the residents to a point of self-sufficiency and independent living.

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