Non-profit builds center for homeless gay teens

Atlanta, GA (WGCL) – A non-profit organization is converting a more than 100-year-old Atlanta home into a homeless shelter for gay teenagers.

Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church agreed to lease the long-abandoned home to the Lost n’ Found organization for just a dollar a year for 20 years.

Lost n’ Found’s director Rick Westbrook says the shelter will go a long way in helping teens disowned by their families because of their homosexuality.

“In the Bible Belt, in the Southeast, 50 percent of youth that come out are put out by their parents and their churches,”Westbrook explains.

Renovations are expected to be complete, and the building open, by next spring.