Trans Hous­ing At­lanta re­ceives funds from city

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - COUNTY BY COUNTY - PAMELA MILLER FOR THE AJC

Trans Hous­ing At­lanta Pro­gram, a com­mu­nity-led ser­vice non­profit that pro­vides safe hous­ing and sup­port­ive ser­vices cen­tered on trans­gen­der and gen­der non­con­form­ing in­di­vid­u­als, an­nounces a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion from the Metro At­lanta Task Force for the Home­less.

In mak­ing the con­tri­bu­tion, War­ren Smith, chair­man of the board of the Task Force said: “Home­less­ness is not lim­ited to a cer­tain color, sex, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion or na­tion­al­ity. The Task Force was founded on the prin­ci­ple that we will as­sist all that need our help. As one of our last acts, we are blessed to be able to help the Trans Hous­ing At­lanta Pro­gram in its ef­forts to serve those that need help.”

THAP be­gan in early 2014 in a se­ries of com­mu­nity town-hall meetings of lo­cal trans­gen­der and gen­der non­con­form­ing in­di­vid­u­als as well as friends and al­lies in the broader LGBTQI com­mu­nity and be­yond to con­sider a re­sponse to the prob­lem of dis­pro­por­tion­ate lev­els of home­less­ness among that pop­u­la­tion of the At­lanta metro area. Later that year, THAP es­tab­lished a cap­i­tal cam­paign to al­low them to pur­chase their own brick-and­mor­tar hous­ing, which would be used for emer­gency hous­ing and rapid re­hous­ing. The ini­tial goal of THAP’s Cap­i­tal Cam­paign was $50,000. Over the last four years, THAP inched dol­lar-by-dol­lar to­ward its goal, helped along mostly from pri­vate donors and the Trans Jus­tice Project. The Task Force’s do­na­tion not only al­lowed THAP to re­al­ize this goal, but to sub­stan­tially ex­ceed it.

“Thank you Task Force for the Home­less for your gen­er­ous do­na­tion!” says Tracee McDaniel, THAP co-founder. “Your gen­eros­ity will bring some­one in from the cold.”

In­for­ma­tion: tran­shousin­gat­lanta.org

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