ACTRESS Bea Arthur’s legacy will continue beyond The Golden Girls after it was announced this week that an LGBTI youth homeless shelter would be named in her honour.

The 18-bed Bea Arthur Residence in Manhattan was named after the actress because of a generous donation of $300,000 that she left in her will to the Ali Forney Centre, an organisation dedicated to providing shelter for LGBTI homeless youth in the US.

The vacant, graffiti-strewn building will soon be renovated into an LGBTI homeless youth shelter. CREDIT: thevillager.com

The vacant, graffiti-strewn building will soon be renovated into an LGBTI homeless youth shelter. CREDIT: thevillager.com

Arthur, who died in 2009, had been a long supporter of the organisation having raised $40,000 for the centre in 2005 from her one-woman show Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends in New York.

According to The Huffington Post, New York City Council have donated $3.3 million to renovate the building and will open its doors to help homeless LGBTI youth next year.

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