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Richmond’s Market At 25th Shaped By History, Needs Of Church Hill Residents

The Market at 25th opens Monday April 29th in a part of Church Hill that’s experienced decades of neglect. The grocery store’s mission is to serve the community, by providing good paying jobs, partnering with black-owned businesses and creating opportunities for residents to connect and collaborate. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

To Address LGBTQ Homelessness, Richmond Groups Launch Host Home Program

On Sunday, a coalition of Richmond nonprofits publicly launched an initiative to address homelessness for LGBTQ youth. WCVE's Catherine Komp reports.

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More than a third of youth experiencing homelessness in Richmond identify as LGBTQ, according to research by Advocates for Richmond Youth. One of them was Justice Valentine, who spent a year living in a car.

Justice Valentine: It was terrible. Valentine is transgender,  and didn’t have many options in the gender-segregated shelter system.

Community Mourns Passing of Civic Leader and Strategist Lillie A. Estes

Richmonders are mourning the loss of longtime community strategist Lillie Estes, who passed away Thursday. She was involved in dozens of community justice efforts and consistently pushed leaders to address root problems and seek solutions from those most affected by economic and racial injustice. In 2017, she spoke to WCVE’s Megan Pauly at a housing summit about Richmond’s “absolute refusal to empower public housing residents.”

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