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## About | NJNP Collective Housing Formally known as _The NJNP Collective_, **NJNP Collective Housing (NCH)** has been a vital resource to DC's Trans & Queer Community and the larger Sex Worker Activist network within the DC Area. With what started in 2018 as a single community home for Trans people displaced by criminalization and state violence, NCH’s network is growing with three safe houses (currently) and plans for two more plus a drop in space for those in need of emergency housing. Started by [No Justice No Pride][1] in April 2018 as a response to the increased criminalization and violence of Trans Sex Workers caused by the passage of [FOSTA / SESTA][2]. **NJNP Collective Housing is one of few places in Washington DC providing intensive housing support to displaced Trans people, and in particular to those over the age of 24. ** **Without any government funding or support NJNP Collective Housing maintains three (3) community safe houses** which in combination of the help from our larger DMV movement provides housing to as many as **50 Black and Brown Trans individuals\* **+ current and former sex workers** **a night between our Permanent and short term housing support. DC has some of the highest costs of rent which makes this work all that much harder. Our monthly housing costs are more than $12,000 a month after rent and utilities, without government support; we completely community supported. **We know that in order to center those most on the margins requires us to support each other and our communities♥, to keep one another safe, fed, and housed as we fight for a world that affirms us all, and we know that we can't do that without you!** All funds raised will be used to help cover the costs of our current houses, including rent, utilities, food, and a House Manager. **Donations can be made by [becoming a Patreon][3] or contributing to the following:** **[Our Website][4] | [Paypal][5] | [TeeSpring][6] | [Facebook Fundraiser][7]** _\*When we say Trans we are referring to people who may or may not identify as transgender but may have similar material circumstances. Specifically we mean Trans, Two-Spirit, Intersex, Non-binary, GNC and butch queens._
### **Permanent & Long Term Housing** _For Black & Brown Trans Community members and former/current sex workers._ NJNP Collective Housing is currently **supporting more than 20 Black & Brown Trans Women **between the ages of 17-65 with long term and permanent housing, many of whom lack access to stable employment and need our help in order to remain in the district near vital resources and work. **We are hoping to double this capacity in 2020 by acquiring more homes for those in need and potentially a permanent location.**
### **Short term and Transitional Housing** _For those seeking emergency access to housing or a temporary place to stay._ NJNP provides temporary housing, and sometimes in rapid response/emergency situations for as many as 30 people a night at our safe houses or thruout our larger DC Movement network. ** We are hoping to have a dedicated space for providing this support in 2020.**
### **Community supported programs at The NJNP Collective**
**Facilitating things that should just be accessible** In addition to providing housing, we also support Collective Members(those who stay at NCH) with Mutual Aid, love and care - This looks like but is not limited to: - enrolling people in local medical programs and resources as patients, - Connecting with Mediators and community based mediation solutions, healing spaces, and trauma informed mentors, - providing jail support & fundraising court costs, connecting with lawyers, - providing patient advocacy at the emergency rooms, - help fulfilling residency requirements and other types of support at the DMV, - Name & Gender Change guidance, and more. We work with a network of community partners that include medical organizations and service based organizations to ease access to crucial health services. In addition, we also buddy with collective members to doctors and other medical appointments that sometimes TGNC community members miss from social anxiety.
**Micro-Grants** _“Emergency Funds” _— When funding has allowed, NJNP provides small support requests to our Collective Members in need. From Lyft rides, to cell phone payments;** our community members need to stay connected for safety's sake! **In, 2019 when NJNP started providing Microgrants to Black and Brown Trans People and Sex Workers in need. - $4,700 for safe rides - $1500 for rent, food and phone bill assistance - $900 for Celebration of life services Our Micro-grants are subject on need based/in order of requests received as funding is available (Funding is not always available. We are community based and many of us are volunteers.) **Please contact Bianca at [bianca@nojusticenopride.org][8] to inquiry for emergency funds.**
**Building Power** NJNP’s response to FOSTA and SESTA additionally strived to build capacity via a [popular education][9] based Organizing Training Program, which we call “OIT” for short (dont ask). The program works to develop the organizing and leadership skills of Black and Brown Trans Sex Workers (Those most directly and disproportionately impacted by violences resulting from the criminalization of the sex trade) while providing them stipends as an alternative form of employment to street based sex work. Program participants attend six weeks of skillshares, workshops and trainings; led by peers who were previous participants. Since 2018, NJNP has completed three six-week program cycles with 10 participants total, and are awaiting funding to start our fourth cycle. Participants have gone on to continue organizing under NJNP while receiving a stipend for their work as funds are available. Former participants sit on NJNP’s Steering Committee and are active stakeholders in the NJNP Collective and help manage the different homes. We continue working with other participants in our organizing and movement building, including but not limited to housing support and other programs at the Collective but we also work with community partners to find positions related to their organizing training and experience as well as consulting gigs. We know for many in our community, it’s hard to access organizing spaces when you are spending nearly all your time working to obtain resources for you and maybe anyone you may be care taking.
### **History** In April 2018, with our communities facing increasing levels of violence because of [FOSTA/SESTA][10], NJNP doubled-down on providing Rapid Response Support to our Trans familia and expanded our Trans Justice Program. We started in a small 2 bedroom apartment in Columbia Heights, with a handful of supporters living rooms for additional support ensuring as many as 12 of our loved ones were safe and housed each night. The Columbia Heights home faced a lot of scrutiny from neighbors and the police who a spotlight at the home each night. “Its to deter people from breaking into the abandoned building” the police would explain at the time, referring to a vacant building accross the street. The spotlight however seemed permanently fixed onto the NJNP Collective. The landlord ultimately were friendly with the police and asked us to leave by August, citing they would like to move back in (which is how alot of landlords get around evictions in DC when there isn’t grounds to do so). The house however was listed back for rent the following month. After an exhausting first summer looking for a home more suitable, we found one just in time of our move out date and settled in promptly. We thought we found peace, but it was short lived. By December, we were receiving emails weekly from our new landlord with complaints from the neighbors. Almost all entirely of petty nature and almost all around the trash. At one point it was so bad that when a Collective Member took out a couple of bags of trash right before the trash collection came, a neighbor took pictures of it, sent it to our landlord and claimed it had been out there overnight and had already been ran over. By the time the email was forwarded to us less than an hour later with the pictures it was picked up by the Trash Collection. [In June after being harrassed in the neighborhood,][11] our home felt like it was being attacked on all sides. Gentrification and displacement have a huge psychological toll and we agreed with our landlord to not [renew our lease and once again we had to move.][12] Summer of 2019 was filled with trauma and triggers of the year before move, difficult conversations with community about what it means to support, and [the long daunting house search][13] that would later turn into a search for multiple homes allowing us to expand. [By October 1st, we were able to obtain two homes for our collective members][14] and (as of 10/24/2019) working on a 3rd home for our long term members who are without personal rooms at the moment while fundraising for our November Housing costs. As we entered the new decade (On January 16th, 2020), [NJNP secured our third home][15] and began drafting plans for NJNP 4 and 5. In February NJNP rebranded, _The NJNP Collective_ to _NJNP Collective Housing; to support our growing vision._
### **Long Term Goals - ** Our monthly housing costs are more than $12,000 a month after rent and utilities, and none of that includes meals, cleaning supplies, furniture, a stipend to a person to help manage the homes and other related costs to housing. That is a lot of money! As we’ve continued to grow we’ve struggled to keep up with the ever growing costs. Over the next few years NJNP is hoping to buy a large home to continue this crucial programming out of. We are in particular looking into ways to obtain abandoned and vacant properties from the city and restoring them ourselves. Until then, NJNP has plans to open up two more homes, including a collaboration with Trans Latinx DMV housing trans migrants of color, and a drop in center to better support our Emergency and Temporary Housing support. **Keep on the lookout for updates on this as we kick into starting on this in early 2020.**
[1]: https://nojusticenopride.org/ [2]: https://njnp.house/responding_in_the_wake_of/ [3]: https://www.patreon.com/nojusticenopride [4]: https://www.nojusticenopride.org/the_njnp_collective [5]: https://www.nojusticenopride.org/paypal [6]: https://teespring.com/stores/nojusticenopride [7]: http://njnp.house/donate [8]: mailto:bianca@nojusticenopride.org [9]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popular_education [10]: https://www.thedailybeast.com/sex-workers-fear-for-their-future-how-sesta-is-putting-many-prostitutes-in-peril [11]: https://medium.com/nojusticenopride/dcs-trans-and-queer-community-members-facing-threats-and-violence-and-now-no-justice-no-pride-s-202cd758bb00?source=collection_home---7------4----------------------- [12]: https://medium.com/nojusticenopride/the-njnp-collective-has-to-move-830c8f9c68b8 [13]: https://medium.com/nojusticenopride/njnp-struggling-to-find-second-home-after-long-summer-drive-to-save-housing-for-trans-community-ec5a0c69746f [14]: https://medium.com/nojusticenopride/we-saved-the-njnp-collective-next-sex-work-decrim-hotgirlshit-a602ca566e2 [15]: https://medium.com/nojusticenopride/as-no-justice-no-pride-secures-third-home-to-provide-housing-to-homeless-trans-sex-workers-7d7622ec53f