Trans House Atlanta Program receives $15,000 grant
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.