Groundbreaking Trans Shelter to Open in San Francisco. Now What About Florida?
The transgender community of the San Francisco is hopeful that the proposed shelter for transwomen will become a reality in the near future. The project is the brainchild of Clair Farley, a transwoman who serves as the associate director of economic development at the San Francisco LGBT Center.
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Farley told SFGN that 70 percent of transgender people in the Bay Area are unemployed, while 30 percent of the city’s homeless population identifies as LGBT - a sizable number of whom are transgender.
"Due to harassment, abuse and neglect they have encountered in shelters, transgender people have been forced to live on the streets," Farley said in a press release. "Transgender women are specifically impacted by the lack of safe or affordable housing, while experiencing high rates of discrimination in employment and education."
Farley is working on getting the Queens Cottage Shelter and Transition House off the ground so that transgender people will have a safe place to go. It’s hoped that Queen’s Cottage will find a suitable location in Oakland, across the Bay from San Francisco, where rents tend to be cheaper. As of May 19, an Indiegogo campaign for Queens Cottage and Transition House has raised $12,800, that’s more than $7,000 above its original goal of $5,000.
Farley now hopes to raise a total of $20,000 by June 5 for this one of a kind project, which will provide transgender people with shelter and more. Food and connections to local resources will be among the services offered. The San Francisco LGBT Center’s Trans Employment Program is partnering with the project.