The primary goal of the LGBTQIA+ Community Housing Forum was to brainstorm and identify potential solutions for affordable and welcoming housing in our region by working with local community leaders. Our brain storming activities with 42 community leaders helped us to identify that familial structures, legislation, resources, safety, and funding were key areas needing unique programs and services to support those in the LGBTQIA+ community experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness. This input is the first step in finding new ways to create welcoming and affordable housing for LGBTQIA+ people living in Southern Nevada. A report on our work together will be coming out soon.
“LGBTQIA+ people are [often] homeless because of some harsh circumstances. They’ve been booted out of their homes. They’ve been alienated from their families. They’ve been abused, they’ve been assaulted. And they’re already facing lots of traumas, and now they’re being treated poorly [in housing opportunities] based on how they identify.” – Community Leader
In an effort to promote visibility, and bring additional supports to Southern Nevada’s LGBTQIA+ community, our group has applied for the 2022 – 2023 Community-Engaged Research Pilot Grant to increase and support our efforts. Be on the lookout for our second housing forum next year. In the meantime, we want to invite community leaders and advocates to join our advisory board!