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Housing First Presentation
Transcript of Housing First Presentation
Placement at most shelters is typically based on assumptions about a person's sex.
Most Shelters are segregated by sex
Many Shelters have rules about gender related dress or appearance limiting shelter access to Trans* people.
Serving Trans*gender Clients within the Housing First Setting
Why are we focusing on Trans*
Housing First Partners Conference 2014
An umbrella term (adj.) for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. Transgender people may or may not decide to alter their bodies hormonally and/or surgically. A person's medical history has no bearing whatsoever on whether or not they should be considered transgender.
In its broadest sense, “transgender” encompasses anyone whose identity or behavior falls outside stereotypical gender expectations
Some transgender people are turned away from shelters, either because of ignorance
because a shelter does not think it can accommodate them.
Trans* identified People
of respondents experienced discrimination due to their gender identity, including the loss of a job, bullying and even physical and sexual assault.
Including language in building rules or
leases making it clear that discrimination
of Trans* individuals is not tolerated
Follow up with any reports of
Homophobic and Transphobic
slurs and actions
Don't make assumptions
Its okay to make mistakes! Try not to repeat them.
Apologize and move on
Educate your staff
Bring in a professional to educate you and your staff
Do not rely on your clients to educate you about Trans* issues
Women trying to be Men
Men in dresses
Last Name: ____________First name:_________ Date of Birth: ___/___/______
Sex: M or F (circle one)
Ask what you
know, not what you
Preferred Name: ___________
Last Name: _______ First Name: ____________
Date of Birth: __/__/____
(All people are welcome and respected here regardless of their gender identity)
Improving Intake Forms
Not as Inclusive
Doesn't hurt anyone
Injustice at Every Turn (2008)
1st National Study n=6450
20% had experienced homelessnes
Thank you for your time and attention!
Q and A
For more information and resources go to
Creating Safe Spaces
levels with gender
Bathrooms can be a very stressful area for Trans* People
fears of harassment
physical health issues
Social and Sexual Deviants
Never ask about a person's genitals or related surgeries
Examples of pronouns people may use
he, him, his
she, her, hers
ze, hir, hirs
they, their, theirs
If you are not sure of the pronoun-don't use one.
For example: "Avery is here to see you.
They have an appointment."
25-33% of LGBTQ experience partner abuse in their lifetime.
2 girls fighting is a cat fight
Boys will be boys
Survivor may be closeted and can't reach out for support
Abuser may blame the survivor's identity for the abuse
Listen and Mirror language
Listen to how the people identify themselves or their partners and mirror their language.
Be a shield against Transphobia
Higher Rates of:
Discrimination-currently legal in 29 states to discriminate against someone for being Trans*
Substance use-20-30% of Trans*population, compared to 9% of general population
Suicide-almost half of those surveyed said they have attempted suicide, a rate 25 times higher than the national average
Depression- 30-50% of Trans*identified people said they struggled with depression
Teaching a Trans* person a "lesson"
Destructive and Toxic
Trying to have the best of both worlds
Essay Ann Vanderbilt
Not only do trans folks have to worry about the aggressor but also those who are supposed to be there to protect them such as police
200 times more likely to smoke cigarettes
Alcohol use-25% of Trans* population compared to 5-10% of general population
in 2012 it became illegal to discriminate against Trans* folks in HUD housing-the first year of the HFPC!
90% of Trans* folks have been discriminated against in employment
Many times, Trans* individuals forgo contacting or filing police reports, because it end up doing more harm than good. "The last time this happened, I filed a report, and it was more traumatic than the attack," she explains (a common sentiment among LGBT victims who have faced hostile questions from police, such as what they had been drinking and wearing at the time). "I just wanted to go home."
A California study found that transgender prisoners were 13 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than non-transgender prisoners.
22% had been sexually assaulted by Shelter staff/residents
55% had been harassed by shelter staff/residents
30% had be turned away from shelters
19% were refused a home or apartment
11% were evicted