On July 15th, Chicago House opened the TransLife Center, the first transgender permanent-housing facility in the nation. Located in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago, the TransLife Center will provide housing, health, and employment services to the transgender community.
According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, between 20-40% of the more than 1.6 million homeless youth in the United States are LGBT, 29% of whom are turned away from shelters because of their transgender status. From a report released by The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, between 1,448-3,000 Chicago homeless youth are LGBT, out of 12,000-15,000 homeless youth citywide.
These numbers are staggering, considering the TransLife Center will be the first facility in the country to provide housing and services to the trans community, specifically. The Center provides housing for up to nine transgender persons at one time and will offer residents direct services to a trans-specific employment program, as well as access to culturally-competent healthcare and social service resources in the city. These collaborative programs aim to help residents overcome poverty and reduce risk of experiencing homelessness, underemployment, violence, health disparities, and HIV infection.
If you would like to learn more or support Chicago House and the TransLife Center, check out the Get Involved section of the website. Be sure to watch this great video about the TransLife Center on the Chicago House YouTube Channel.
The grand opening of the TransLife Center is an exciting and pivotal moment for trans communities throughout Chicago. It is an inspiration to towns and cities, nationwide.
Open doors. Open hearts. Open communities.