As a trans women of color myself, I’ve experienced the many foundational and ingrained prejudices that comes with being both transgender and Chicana. Housing insecurity, as well as a feeling of loneliness is something that I have overwhelmingly witnessed in my community. With this communities amazing support, the house of resilience will be San Diego’s FIRST 100% FREE community housing program for transgender women of color. Truly a home where other trans woman can be a part of a family; as well as being safely housed for FREE while simultaneously receiving aid in multiple different forms!
By leasing a property that is both safe, and within the community to help de-stigmatize what it means to be transgender. Using the money allocated to us, we will pay for housing, food, and various workshops and social services to not only give our girls a better life, but for them to leave the House of Resilience and positively impact the community as well and keep the work going. The program will be a year long, and will rotate with new woman at the start of every new year!
WHATS THE PLAN?
The House of Resilience is requesting to raise $60,000 in 3 months. With this monetary support for our first and inaugural year we can house transgender woman of color for a year-- this includes free housing, utilities, and food, as well as special programs where we can help our girls legally change their name, get on HRT(Hormone Replacement Therapy), and even more, all for free or low cost. Our long term plan is to establish our non-profit where we can eventually purchase property(or properties) where we can grow and continue or mission, as well as doing things like expanding our services to include a similar program for trans men and non binary folx. The House of Resilience also plans on as well as currently sends out cash microgrants to women of color, holds communuty workshops and drives; and frequently collaborates with communuty businesses and organizations!
With your support, we can directly change the trajectory and uplift the lives of multiple transgender women of color, who are among the most discriminated community in our modern world. By making this a reality, you not only are responsible for the housing of these amazing women, but also showing that this kind of project is not only wanted, but needed. My personal hope above all else is that with The House of Resilience’s success, we will inspire the creation of more of these homes all over the country(and world)!
MEET THE ORGANIZER
My name is Achi, and i’m a transgender woman living in San Diego. I currently do work as a project manager and in multimedia production. I have done work and have been employed at multiple non-profits, including JFS at their migrant shelter, and at the City of San Diego directly. My experience and work history(as well as my volunteer service at the San Diego LGBT Center) has given me the skill set to head a project like this, with the added experience and compassion to lead with love.
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