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TRANScending Barriers: Housing and Land For Trans & Gender Non-Conforming People In Georgia

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  Jun 29 2020 . Georgia, USA

We empower TGNC community in Georgia. Housing is a major issue. We need a healthy solution.

TRANScending Barriers is a Black trans-led organization that serves the transgender and gender non-conforming community in Georgia. Our mission is to empower the transgender and gender non-conforming community in Georgia through community organizing with leadership building, advocacy, and direct services so that lives can be changed and a community uplifted.

We are fundraising to buy buildings in south Atlanta for emergency housing and nearby land for space to provide longer-term housing, grow healthy food, and gather our trans & gender non-conforming community.

In our 2018 “Living in a State of Despair” report, we found more than one-third of the transgender and non-binary individuals we surveyed in Georgia were homeless at the time we surveyed them (and many remain homeless today). In addition, 68% of the transgender and non-binary respondents we surveyed reported having a history of homelessness. They are disproportionately Black people who are mutiply marginalized and often experience criminalization.

We seek sustainable solutions. Solutions that do not rely on the government & industry. Sustaining the ability of natural systems to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services on which we can depend on one another. We seek to use the land to farm & grow healthy food to fuel a healthy community. The project will engage the community through horticultural training programs, housing support, skill-building, and organizing efforts. Our space will be used as a place where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems. Our goal is to promote self-sufficiency, housing, and increase food security in low-income transgender & gender nonconforming communities by developing comprehensive, community-based solutions.

Housing assistance is by far the top type of request we receive. We've identified affordable 4-or 5-bedroom houses to acquire for $100,000 so we can have permanent capacity for emergency housing. Our Director of Programs has been working with farmers to pick up fresh produce for Black trans women in our community, which has not been as available in stores during coronavirus. The land that we've scoped out for $350,000 will allow us to offer this more sustainably.  We've already doubled $9,000 collectively raised funding by routing through 100% company matching (let us know if you can do this through your employer too). Please give at bit.ly/transcendmatch

Show love to our TGNC siblings in the south. Take pride in redistributing money to TGNC survival. Support Black, trans, formerly incarcerated visionary leadership. Invest in our futures. Join us by making a contribution and sharing this page far and wide. You can create your own fundraising team for our campaign by clicking the 'Fundraise' button.

Love and thanks,

TRANScending Barriers

Posted by Transcending Barriers Atlanta Inc