Open Rainbow Residence provides supportive housing options to adult members 21 & up of the LGBTQ community by offering a safe and stable environment along with guidance. We prepare our residents to shape a future characterized by hope, self confidence, dignity and purpose.


 It's  Our Commitment:

  • To inspire pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and instill a sense of hope in the future for individuals.


It's  Our Responsibility:

  • To empower the homeless in establishing goals and following through on commitments.


It's  Our  Mission:

  • To expand the perspective of individuals and to make them aware of life's possibilities.

Open Rainbow Residence motto is ..

"What happens when youth services dries up...we do."


La’Kenya Overton has devoted her career to helping at-risk individuals who have struggled with addiction, marginalization, family care ,youth development and gender identity issues. She is a Board-Certified Human Service Practitioner (HS-BCP) whose experience includes 20 years in the Human Service Field within the nonprofit sector .While seeing the lack of appropriate housing and aftercare resources for this population. La’Kenya founded Open Rainbow Residence (ORR), a supportive housing/guidance program for the LGBTQ population who no longer qualify for Youth Services . She also started a complimentary nonprofit organization, A Second of Compassion, which provides holistic services to all persons who identify as a woman.

Over the course of her career, La’Kenya has worked with hundreds of people—both on-site and in their communities —assessing specific needs and providing solutions to improve stability, economics and outcomes.Her dedication and exceptional organization skills have allowed her to effectively follow up, monitor and continually expand her connections with service providers. She welcomes opportunities to help people from all walks of life gain confidence and move beyond anything that has held them back.


La’Kenya holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs and Administration from the Metropolitan College of New York. She earned her MSW from Hunter School of Social Work and earned her BA in Human Service and Education from Audrey Cohen College. La’Kenya is a member of the Phi Alpha Alpha Honors Society.


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  • Over 21 upon admission

  • Aged Out Youth

  • Homeless

  • Completed /discharged for treatment facilities ( i.e substance use


  •  Forced out of family home

  •  No support system


  •  Mental health issues resulting from being traumatized

Available Services:

  •  Live Skills Coaching

  •  Job Readiness

  •  Health Care

  •  Education Counseling

  •  Mental Health/Therapy

  • Community Based Organizations referred by ORR staff

Questions? Contact Us

(212) 918-8197