NJNP Collective Housing
Violence against sex workers often go unreported and unaddressed. Homelessness greatly exacerbates the violence an individual can experience as well as the dependency on the sex trade itself. We know this well at NJNP Collective Housing which initially, a single intentional community home for Trans current and former sex workers as part of No Justice No Pride‘s (NJNP) response to FOSTA/SESTA; has grown into a network of safe homes thru-out The District of Columbia for Black, Brown, Indigenous Trans and Intersex community members in search of safe housing.
What are some of the realities?
In DC — according to the DC Trans Needs Assessment Survey, a survey released in 2015 that had over 500 trans participants in the DC Area — over 35% of the respondents reported of having engaged in sex work, with a majority those respondents being of color and identifying as trans woman or trans feminine. In the same survey 74% of respondents had been verbally assaulted, 42% physically assaulted, and 35% sexually assaulted, so it should be no surprise that when the issue of housing came up in the survey, 20% of those taking the survey reporting that they are currently experiencing homelessness, Those currently experiencing homelessness are significantly more likely to be HIV positive and half of those responded as homeless reported to rely “ informal and grey economic work for income (such as sex work).
How has NJNP responded?
Since April 2018, with our communities facing increasing levels of violence because of FOSTA/SESTA, NJNP doubled-down on providing Rapid Response Support to our Trans familia and expanded our Trans Justice Program to include mutual aid & support and a pilot Organizing Training Project(OTP) to develop the organizing and leadership skills of Trans folks of color most directly and disproportionately impacted by violences resulting from the criminalization of sex work.
How we show up when our communities are under attack
Permanent & Long Term Housing
For Black & Brown Trans Community members and former/current sex workers.
The NJNP Collective Housing Network is providing long term and permanent housing to 18 individuals between are safe houses. We are hoping to double this capacity in 2020 while acquiring more homes for those in need.
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.
For Black and Brown Trans Community Members
After a series of attacks on community members in 2019, NJNP started providing emergency assistance in the form of food and transportation and later expanded to cover cell phone bills and rental assistance as available funding allows.
No Justice No Pride(NJNP) is creating Trans Sanctuary at the NJNP Collective The NJNP Collective has been a vital resource to DC's Trans and Activist Community and currently has nine long term trans tenants, many of whom lack access to stable employment and need our help in order to remain in the district near vital resources and work. No Justice No Pride (NJNP) additionally provides temporary housing, and sometimes in rapid response situations;...Read more