Last year we were able to help a few sex workers file their taxes, which allowed them to access emergency assistance through CERB. This year, while we are still living in the context of a pandemic and its drastic impact on the industry, governmental aid that's accessible to sex workers is nonexistent. Also, since sex workers have to be self-employed, many do not qualify for some supports, and unfortunately many organizations helping housing-insecure folks are at capacity or have long waitlists. We have recently applied for a grant that would give us funds to provide some rent relief to folks in need, as well as help pay damage deposits for new tenants, and are hoping for a successful answer in a few months.
In the meantime, we have used our main ANSWERS account to assist as many folks as we could, and our funds are now completely depleted after giving out $700 in financial rent assistance in January. We still have presently a lot of sex workers contacting us who need urgent help to stay housed, and this is where we would really appreciate your support.
We are launching a fundraiser so we can continue helping sex workers in need of rent relief. Please donate to our GoFundMe campaign, and share/talk about it far and wide. We are hoping to raise at least $2500, please help us get there in whichever capacity you're able to contribute - every dollar counts!
All funds accumulated from this campaign will go towards our rent relief endeavor, and will significantly and directly help sex workers in Alberta.