Help a Queer Artist Secure Housing

Hi beautiful people. My name is Vernon Jordan, III. I’m an afroqueer, Philly born n raised filmmaker, poet-musician, teaching artist, and model. Around this time last spring, I was completing a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA, ‘19) in Screenwriting, and had the help of so many friends and loved ones that provided stable yet flexible housing.


That’s part of why I’m coming here, though: my work, like so many, has been impacted by COVID-19, I have been waiting on a letter in the mail from Pennsylvania Unemployment services since March, i’ve applied to emergency grants and have yet to received much support, and at the same time, I have to move and find new housing.


Last fall, I returned to Philadelphia to start a position as a Teaching Artist, and was also hired as a Host at an upscale restaurant. It's beautiful to be back in the home I was a teenager in, but the power dynamics, homophobia, and transphobia are exhausting and not the most healthy for my mental or emotional health. I have to be out of here by August, so I have until then to secure housing. I’m in no position to do this on my own. I need help with the following:


Move-in/Rent/security deposit etc al, at approx. $1900. I’ve been using $800 as a model for rent itself, and am factoring in total move-in costs, first/last month, security deposit, background check, and at least another month of rent, utilities, groceries, to help keep my feet warm a little while. I’m starting from scratch as far as furniture, so that factors into this cost, as well. 


Emergency funds of $600, this will help with the day to day, bills, as well as make sure i can continue to create art, get any supplies i need, buy musical equipment to help me work on an EP, continue to help out around the house while I’m here, and share funds with friends and loved ones who may be in need, many of whom are also queer/trans. 


A little bit more about me as an artist: 



I prefer to tell stories that center African American memory and music, queer world-building and love-making/kinship, stories that center softness and experiences of nature, and i've had a lifelong fascination with working in supernatural and otherwise speculative/funky worlds. I call myself a Visual Lyricist, which stresses the equal priority of both the visual and the musical, the merging of the two: i poet in everything i do. Finally, as an afrofuturist, i know the power of the black radical imagination and the power of radical image-making, and I believe that artists have a duty to usher in new worlds and new thoughts. Art is change.  

48679888_1591716122980620_r.jpegmy teaching classroom, in North Philly. just near the historic Freedom Theatre, where I trained at as a young artist.

48679888_1591716656708523_r.jpegan excerpt of an original poem: Frank an Ocean a portrait 

48679888_1591716967342378_r.jpegrecent model work; DOE Magazine, 2020

48679888_1591718118968195_r.jpegday after my last MFA final: Thesis Live Table Read, 2019.


Living in a space that is sound, affirming, and loving, helps me to create my best work. Every bit will make a difference. Thanks for reading and sharing. -- Vee

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Vernon A. Jordan III 
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Philadelphia, PA
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