This week Tyler Perry opened a huge 330-acre movie studio in Atlanta for his Tyler Perry Studios. He’s also just revealed that the new complex will offer a chance for him to give back to the community in Atlanta.
The 50-year-old filmmaker the next step he was “most excited about” is the creation of a housing complex for displaced women and LGBTQ youth on the property.
“Pulling this next phase off is building a compound for trafficked women, girls, homeless women, LGBTQ youth who are put out or displaced,” Perry told talk show This Morning.
He also plans to offer a variety of programs for the women to assist them in “renter[ing] society.”
“Having a compound that’s a beautiful place right here, somewhere on this 330 acres where they’re trained in the business and they become self- sufficient,” said Perry. “They can live in nice apartments, there’s daycare, all of these wonderful things that allows them to re-enter society.”
Perry was once homeless himself in his past which is reportedly what inspired him to help.
“Atlanta has truly been the promised land for me. I came here with nothing, lived off Sylvan Road, ended up homeless and starving, but I was always praying and believing,” he said on Facebook.