Trans House At­lanta Pro­gram re­ceives $15,000 grant

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make a $2 mil­lion con­tri­bu­tion, upon ap­proval from the Emory Uni­ver­sity Board of Trus­tees in the spring of 2018.

Trans Hous­ing At­lanta Pro­gram (THAP), a com­mu­nity-led ser­vice non­profit that pro­vides safe hous­ing and sup­port­ive ser­vices cen­tered on trans­gen­der and gen­der non-con­form­ing in­di­vid­u­als, an­nounced a grant award from the Homestead Foun­da­tion for $15,000.

“These funds are cru­cial to maintaining and grow­ing our ca­pac­ity to re­spond to the hous­ing cri­sis we’re in,” said Jamie Roberts, THAP co-founder and 2017 Pride grand mar­shal, in a press re­lease. “Home­less­ness and hous­ing in­sta­bil­ity hits the trans and gen­der non-con­form­ing par­tic­u­larly hard, as we deal with struc­tural dis­crim­i­na­tion from within the lo­cal shel­ter sys­tem, as well as suf­fer­ing dis­pro­por­tion­ate ef­fects of the lack of af­ford­able hous­ing in the core coun­ties of the At­lanta metro area.”

Since THAP be­gan in early 2014, they’ve con­tin­ued to or­ga­nize a co-op­er­a­tive hous­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion op­er­ated by its mem­ber­ship with a core group of vol­un­teers, and in 2016 pro­vided 50 in­di­vid­u­als with emer­gency hous­ing as­sis­tance, se­cu­rity de­posit and util- ity as­sis­tance, trans­porta­tion as­sis­tance and other di­rect ser­vices, as well as dozens more to lo­cate af­ford­able hous­ing ser­vices and ac­cess as well as ed­u­ca­tion and ad­vice about hous­ing law and the evic­tion process. The or­ga­ni­za­tion says it has dou­bled its ca­pac­ity ev­ery year to of­fer these ser­vices.

Nasheedah Muham­mad, deputy di­rec­tor of Lost-n-Found Youth and mem­ber of THAP, said that part of THAP’s suc­cess is “Be­cause of its com­mu­nity-based col­lab­o­ra­tive and co­op­er­a­tive na­ture, the THAP model is built for rapid re­sponse in a way that I have never seen. As a trans woman, I’m very pleased to sup­port an or­ga­ni­za­tion that does so much for its clients and is re­ally mak­ing a tan­gi­ble dif­fer­ence in the lives of At­lanta’s trans­gen­der cit­i­zens.”

THAP also col­lab­o­rates with other non­profit ad­vo­cacy or­ga­ni­za­tions, such as Ge­or­gia Equal­ity and Project Af­firm, to do re­search and doc­u­ment the ex­pe­ri­ences of trans and gen­der non-con­form­ing in­di­vid­u­als who at­tempt to ac­cess home­less shel­ters in the greater At­lanta met­ro­pol­i­tan re­gion.

THAP con­tin­ues to make progress in its cap­i­tal cam­paign to raise $50,000 to pur­chase its own house to serve as a hub of its ser­vice pro­vi­sion, hav­ing raised over $10,000 this year so far.

THAP is a co-op­er­a­tive hous­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion op­er­ated by its mem­bers.

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