Founded by transgender women of color, the Wanda Alston Foundation is dedicated to serving one of DC’s most vulnerable populations: LGBTQIA2S+ youth (ages 18–24) who are experiencing homelessness. With houses in Wards 7 and 1, the Foundation offers shelter and care for 18 months and up to 6 years respectively. A clinical supervisor and case manager complete a full intake assessment and create individual service plans, which they revisit at weekly meetings with each resident. These youth have experienced trauma, rejection, discrimination, and more, so the Foundation partners with mental and behavioral health specialists to help residents heal and improve their well-being. Meanwhile, youth receive daily meals, take part in practical life-skills lessons, get assistance securing permanent housing or employment, or continue their education — whatever they need to chart a new path. Most importantly, they experience acceptance and love.