Transgender people often face unique challenges in finding safe, affirming, affordable housing, and are disproportionately living in poverty, often as the result of lifelong discrimination. Due to higher levels of financial insecurity and a general lack of affordable housing, many transgender people face harassment and intimidation in their homes from neighbors, strangers and even their own family members. Transgender persons face social stigma and often rejection by their families, which adds to the physical and mental strains and challenges that all homelessness persons must struggle with.
According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, Transgender persons have great difficulty finding shelters that accept and respect them. Transgender individuals experiencing homelessness are often at a heightened risk of violence, abuse, and exploitation compared with their heterosexual peers. Transgender people are furthermore at physical risk due to a lack of acceptance and are often turned away from shelters; in some cases signs have been posted barring their entrance.
The mission of Inshallah House is to provide high quality housing for displaced or homeless transgender youth, ages 15 to 25. While the first phase is youth housing, the final vision also encompasses a separate adult housing complex. We provide programs, training and social services resources through our resident outreach program. Inshallah House will offer services and programs to residents with the goal of providing tools for a successful future.