SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)- The first transitional housing program for transgender and gender
nonconforming adults in the nation are now open in San Francisco’s Nob Hill the neighborhood, city officials announced Thursday.
During a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Trans Home SF on Washington Street, located at 1033 Washington St., Mayor London Breed said the new program will help connect its residents with services and permanent housing options.
“Housing affordability and homelessness continue to impact our most marginalized communities, including our trans community members, who are 18 times more likely to experience homelessness,” she said in a statement.
“Increasing housing production and ensuring equity across our city is my top priority, which is why I am so proud to open San Francisco’s first Trans Home on Washington Street. This new program will provide trans people with the safety and support they need as they find a permanent home in San Francisco.”
Under the program, residents will be allowed to stay for up to one year, or longer if needed, while working with housing navigators to find permanent housing.
For now, however, the program only has room for eight residents.
When the building’s third-floor units open in the spring, the three-story, 13-unit house will be able to accommodate 13 residents.
Trans Home is part of the Our Trans Home SF program, which supports low-income trans and nonconforming San Franciscans through case management, rental subsidies and housing navigation. Breed has set aside $2.3 million in the city’s budget for the program over the next two years.
In addition, the Mayor’s Office of Housing has awarded non-profit organizations St. James Infirmary and Larkin Street Youth Services $1.5 million annually for the next two years. St. James Infirmary will manage the home while Larkin Street Youth Services will provide support and manage the rental subsidy program.
According to the mayor’s office, one out of every two trans people in the city have experienced homelessness.