A grassroots, direct services and advocacy organization, My Sistah’s House was founded in 2016 by two trans women of color who sought to bridge a gap in services for trans and queer people of color (TQPOC) in Memphis, TN, with a focus on transgender women of color. Memphis faces a serious lack of emergency housing: In 2016, there were only 71 beds available in emergency shelters across the metro area—and none of them were designated as trans-specific. Many of them actively discriminate against transgender people.
Our Executive Director, Kayla Gore, and board member Ellyahnna C. Wattshall created My Sistah’s House in response to a crisis they were witnessing among their own community members. Executive Director, Kayla Gore, converted a six-bedroom house she owns, into an emergency housing facility with eight beds available for TLGBQ people in need of shelter. My Sistah’s House primarily serves TGNC people of color, many of whom have recently been released from incarceration, are experiencing intimate partner violence, and/or are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.
Expanding on our emergency housing program, our volunteer staff set up a bail fund for incarcerated trans women in the area, and began offering our clients advocacy, legal and multi-level resource assistance to help them secure permanent housing and stable income. Within the last year alone, with limited resources and an all-volunteer staff, My Sistah’s House has provided emergency housing to 35 TLGBQ individuals, successfully transitioning them into permanent housing. We have also provided multipronged resource assistants to100 individuals, allowing some of our communities most vulnerable to become more self-sufficient and secure.
My Sistah's House is asking during such a Fragile time in our Country, where Black Trans Communities are continuing to Stand in Solidarity with ALL Black BODIES and our Country. We need your help to continue standing, we need to ensure we have the tools and resources needed to take care of our Community while we Stand Together. Transgender Members being arrested are not afforded the same “Quick Solutions” as other protesters, our gender becomes the focus, which then places our live at risk WE are asking you to Stand with Us while we continue to Fight for Liberation and help us to Continue this Fight!! ANY AMOUNT OR RESOURCES WILL HELP!!
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