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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.


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.”

New Exhibit Explores Life, Culture And Contributions Of Virginia’s Diverse Population

What does it mean to be a “Virginian?” As the Commonwealth’s population gets more diverse, a new exhibition at the Library of Virginia in partnership with Virginia Humanities examines this question from the perspectives of residents from dozens of countries.

As Winter Sets In, Richmond’s Emergency Shelter Capacity Stretched Thin

In Richmond, there isn’t enough shelter capacity to serve residents who don’t have any place to sleep. Efforts failed earlier this year to open a shelter with wrap around services in the Manchester neighborhood. But a measure before City Council may help create a roadmap to address these challenges.