Housing is a foundational right that creates stability, increases wealth for individuals, families, and the community. Stable housing offers security, access to education, career opportunities, and improved physical and mental health.

Part of our role as a provider of affordable housing on the Eastside is to use our platform, guided by our mission, vision and values, to educate ourselves and others about injustice so we can work to support equitable outcomes for marginalized groups.

 

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Housing Stability

Housing instability can affect people from many different backgrounds and circumstances, but individuals in the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) community are more likely to experience struggles with housing and basic needs insecurity.

Being unhoused can have devastating and traumatic consequences. Not only is it often harder for LGBTQ+ individuals to find shelters that accept them, they are also at a higher risk of experiencing abuse, violence, and physical and sexual exploitation.

 

 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

LGBTQ+ people face discrimination when trying to rent apartments or secure mortgages, among other discrimination experiences related to housing. Certain groups of younger people are even more likely to experience housing instability, and the many harms accompanying these situations, especially LGBTQ+ youth.  Every day of housing instability represents missed opportunities to support healthy development and transitions to productive adulthood.

Being an ally and advocate can have a huge impact on LGBTQ+ youth in need. You can provide support through direct action, like donating to support agencies that focus on providing services to those in need. You can also create a more supportive environment for struggling youth by educating yourself and those around you, and by intervening when transphobic or homophobic language is being used.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO HERE ON THE EASTSIDE

Here on the Eastside, Pride Across the Bridge is creating a strong and inclusive community on this side of the bridge through offering an array of support. Check out resources, events, and volunteer opportunities on their website.

 

Race and Housing Stability

Structures and systems in place are inherently unjust and rooted in white privilege, and have led to communities of color disproportionately experiencing displacement, housing discrimination, poverty, and decreased earning potential.

 

In King County…
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WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Median Black and Hispanic households find fewer areas affordable to them in King County. The cost burden is unevenly distributed among King County residents. This results in people of color experiencing homelessness, housing instability, evictions, and intergenerational poverty at a much higher rate.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO HERE ON THE EASTSIDE

Here on the Eastside, Eastside for All advances strategic partnerships, expert leadership and the social infrastructure required to build and sustain welcoming, just and equitable communities in East King County. A stronger, safer east King County lies directly ahead of us – with your help. Learn more on their website.

 

Our commitment to practicing allyship cannot be only in response to tragic events – we must remain committed to this work when the world is not watching. That is when the real work begins.

We achieve progress through education, unlearning, and challenging harmful stereotypes and biases. We can’t do this work without you and your commitment to Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Belonging.

 

Sources:
  1. King County Bar Housing Justice Project, 2022
  2. King County Regional Affordable Housing Dashboard, 2022
  3. National Coalition for the Homeless, 2020
  4. Beauty Schools Directory, “How to Be an Ally for LGBTQ+ Experiencing Homelessness,” 2022
  5. Prison Policy Initiative, 2019
  6. UCLA School of Law Williams Institute, “Homelessness Amount LGBT Adults in the US,” 2020
  7. UCLA School of Law Williams Institute, “Serving Our Youth,” 2020
  8. Voices of Youth Count, “Missed Opportunities,” 2017
  9. Architectural Digest, “Housing Assistance for LGBTQ+ Youth,” 2023