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A Fight For Queer Housing

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

Photo from Queer Transformative Roots Facebook

Queer Transformative Roots (QTR) is a group of queer and trans people of color housed within Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), fighting for long-term change in the standards of living for our communities. Queer and trans people of color deserve institutional stability, access to wealth, and spaces for healing, joy, and kinship, all of which we aim to address in our Queer Community Housing Initiative. Homelessness is a big threat to our safety. Housing instability exacerbates instability in all other parts of our lives including our education, employment, financial security, healthcare, and mental health. Through our initiative, we hope to develop a cooperative housing model that mitigates these threats and provides sustainable support for queer and trans people. Our ultimate aim with this initiative is to build our community wealth through collective homeownership. To achieve our goals we need to know what our community needs, what it wants, and what it already offers. We have developed a survey that serves to assess the needs of our community and map the resources currently available, particularly in regard to housing. We may be vulnerable but we are also connected. We are asking anyone who is a part of the LGBTQIA community in RI or provides services to this community to complete this survey (by May 31), which is accessible through the below QR code and link. Physical copies are also available upon request. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please email

Queer Transformative Roots meets on Mondays from 7-9pm at PrYSM (669 Elmwood Avenue, Suite B13, Providence). We welcome all queer and trans people of color to our meetings.


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