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Announcing Our Newest U.S. Fund Grantee Partners - Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice

Announcing Our Newest U.S. Fund Grantee Partners

Published on Nov 9, 2023

The Astraea Foundation is proud to announce our latest round of U.S. Fund grantee partners with $1.4 million in 23 grants going to groups across the U.S. and its claimed territories. Our U.S. Fund supports LGBTQI+ Black and Indigenous communities with flexible, multi-year core support for new grantee partners focused on housing and land acquisition, and climate justice.

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is proud to announce our latest round of U.S. Fund grantee partners with $1.4 million in 23 grants going to groups across the U.S. and its claimed territories. Our U.S. Fund supports LGBTQI+ Black and Indigenous communities with flexible, multi-year core support for new grantee partners focused on housing and land acquisition, and climate justice.

Against the backdrop of growing anti-gender violence, more drastic and frequent disasters due to climate change and rampant environmental racism disproportionately impact LGBTQI+ people of color. Our Black and Indigenous communities face increasing violence, uncertainty, and exhaustion. The Astraea Foundation’s U.S. Fund remains rooted in supporting front line communities who will interrupt systems of oppression and build toward a future where our communities will thrive. It is with that guiding principle that the U.S. Fund is partnering with 22 new grantees to support their work on housing and land acquisition, and climate justice.

Four U.S. Fund grantee partners doing this work include:

  • Georgia – Trans Housing Atlanta Program (THAP) is a community-led organization founded and organized by Black trans and non-binary Atlantans. Since its inception in 2014, THAP has been dedicated to offering direct housing, emergency shelter assistance, rental and utility aid, and other crucial resources to support the sustainable housing and income of trans and nonbinary individuals in the region.

  • Florida – The McKenzie Project Inc. (TMPI) caters exclusively to the needs of Black trans and nonbinary people in South Florida by facilitating meaningful conversations about climate and environmental justice, and climate disaster preparedness. They seek to mitigate the effects of increasingly severe weather events and provide responsive support to community members. 

  • Missouri – Our Spot KC provides safe, accepting, and affirming services, programming, and resources to empower the LGBTQ+ community in Kansas City. LGBTQ+ people represent approximately 50% of people experiencing being unhoused in Kansas City. Our Spot KC provides housing, case management, systems navigation support, and mental health services as a baseline safety net for Kansas City’s LGBTQ+ community to thrive and continue to strengthen our movements.
  • Puerto Rico – Albanistería en la Brega Inc. is a Puerto Rican queer women-led non-profit organization that develops DIY and cabinetmaking skills in women (all women), non-binary folks, and girls with the purpose of empowering its participants. It breaks traditional cultural beliefs in the division of labor by sex and reduces the gap in access to non-traditional jobs for women.

The Astraea Foundation’s U.S. Fund advocates for liberation by centering the grassroots leaders closest to both the problem and the solution. For more than 45 years, the fund has focused on the intersections of racial, gender, economic, and reproductive justice movements, centering Black and POC leaders. Now more than ever, the fight for housing and land acquisition, and climate justice needs urgent support, and we are proud to expand the resources available to this critical work.

2023 U.S. Fund Grantee Partners*

*Note: We do not publicize a number of our courageous grantee partners because of security threats they face in their local contexts, so organizations may be missing from this list.

Housing and Land Acquisition:

The Acorn Center for Restoration and Freedom, Georgia

Baltimore Safe Haven, Maryland

Casa Al-Fathiha, Illinois

Our Spot KC, Missouri

THIS Houston

The Knights and Orchids Society, Alabama

Trans Housing Atlanta Program, Georgia

Zami Nobla, Georgia

Climate Justice:

Albanisteria en la Brega, Puerto Rico 

Espicy Nipples, Puerto Rico

Birthmark Doula Collective

The Black Feminist Project, New York

The Black Mycelium Project, North Carolina

Center for Embodied Pedagogy, Puerto Rico

Community Movement Builders, Georgia

Eagle Bear Cultural Center

Earth Guardians

Earthlodge Center, California

Mariposas Rebeldes, Georgia

Sovereign Earth Works, Washington DC

Tender Fruits Collective, Vermont

The McKenzie Project, Florida