On Building Queer Community Amid a Housing Crisis

Housing should be considered a human right

Photo: Courtesy of Juanita More/Fred Row Foto
Photo: Courtesy of Juanita MORE!
  • co-founding the first LGBTQ+-focused adult shelter, Jazzie’s Place, which was named after Jazzie Collins — a Tenderloin-based African-American Transgender housing advocate,
  • spearheading the creation of Marty’s Place — the only tenant housing co-op run by and for people with HIV/AIDS,
  • catalyzed the creation of the LGBQI+ and Transcultural districts in the Tenderloin, SOMA, and Castro,
  • And becoming the primary rental subsidy provider for the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development.
  • Q Foundation has gone through the internal process to position itself to start acquiring residential real estate this year and has over $1M for the down payment. Their attorneys are creating a socially responsible real estate investment fund to work in tandem with their affordable efforts. This is one of the most logical ways to secure stable housing in cities where gentrification tends to proliferate.
  • Q Foundation is building the Grindr of finding roommates inspired by my groundbreaking Facebook group Juanita’s List. In addition to finding roommates, there will be a focus on reducing one of the main points of friction between roommates: paying the bills. A main point of distinction will be their ability to include novel ways to access rent help when a roommate is short on the rent.
Photo: Courtesy of Juanita MORE!/Fred Row Foto

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