Where would you go if your home was not safe? The reality for many young urban gyrls that leave home due to sexual abuse or neglect is that there is often no where to go. This reality leaves many gyrls facing homelessness or the use of survival sex as a primary means for them to simply stay alive. In instances where gyrls are able to find work, they are often met with sky-high rent prices, unreasonable security deposits, lack of social resources, all on top of dealing with the complex trauma that they have had to endure. These situations are seen far too often at Gyrls In The H.O.O.D Foundation and because of this we started H.O.O.D House.
The H.O.O.D House initiative is working hard to change this reality and give these gyrls a safe place to call home. In 2021 we saw incredible success with our H.O.O.D House program.
“None of that would have been possible if she [Chez Smith] hadn’t found me, believed in me, and given me someplace to go” - H.O.O.D House Resident (see full video on Instagram )
H.O.O.D House equips gyrls with a fully funded, fully furnished apartment for one year. All units include rent, utilities, and wraparound services; as well as access to mental-emotional support and life skills development. After one year in a H.O.O.D House, these gyrls leave with the strength, courage, and support system necessary for living whole, healthy lives.
This initiative is working. You can be a part of creating real change by donating today. Our goal is $250,000 by the end of October 2022. We want to have as many gyrls housed as possible before winter hits. It’s time we let our H.O.O.D gyrls know we see them and we care. If you can’t donate just yet, consider sharing this campaign.
Your Funds Will Support
• Our existing partnerships with community-owned buildings to cover rent, utilities and wraparound services.
• The purchase of our very own H.O.O.D House! Buying our own building/house will allow us to quickly increase the number of gyrls we’re able to serve.
• The hiring of our first H.O.O.D House program manager.
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Thank you for spreading the word and donating. Your support will have a tremendous impact on the lives of these young women and gyrls.
UPDATE: This campaign has been reuploaded due to background technical issues. THANK YOU so much to our orignial donors. Although it can't be seen on this new campaign, your support is deeply appreciated.