programs.

The core programs of Golden Girlz NC approach the overarching goal of community and affordable housing in distinct yet complimentary ways

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Heart 2 Heart: a transitional housing program to support, nurture, and develop BIPOC Transgender individuals struggling to secure and maintain safe and affordable housing and employment opportunities.
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Golden Girlz Intentional Community: a longer term strategy to secure and develop a site for a multi-generational, multi-racial, black feminist intentional community centered on the mutual support of our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ community members.

Heart 2 Heart will be built on the premise of nurturing and self-determination. Our program provides a transitional living program for up to xx Transgender individuals experiencing housing instability in and around Durham, North Carolina. We recognize that change must come from within, but can be cultivated and inspired through a supportive environment with peers who have shared experiences of homelessness, substance abuse, survival economy, and lack of access to appropriate health care.

Our goal is to give our participants the time and space — figuratively and literally — to make real, lasting changes. Our residents will begin with receiving safe medical care that gets them critically necessary hormone replacement therapy and mental health support so that they do not begin their journey struggling to be seen by the world in their authentic identity.

At the core of the program is a modest shared home, where up to xx Transgender individuals can live, work, eat, and learn together. Our residents will develop life skills in an environment that fosters improved physical, emotional, and financial health. Residents actively contribute to the well-being of the home, thus staking a claim in the program’s — and more importantly their own — success.


The intention of Golden Girlz NC is to create an intentional community designed to create a sustainable home for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community.

The vision of Golden Girlz is to create a community that intentionally makes space for all of our people in a broad range of financial means. This will be achieved by a blend of public/non-profit and private supports all within the same community.

We know that in 1920 there were nearly a million Black farmers, whereas in 2020 there are reportedly only 45,000 African-American farmers remaining (less than 2% of all farmers in the U.S.).  Our vision is for a collaborative that crates a sustainable and supportive ownership model for a young Black farmer to grow their business.

We know that LGBTQIA+ elders in particular are very vulnerable. According to the National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative “One of the most important decisions we make as older adults is where we’re going to live during our senior years. For all older adults, affordability is often a challenge. For LGBT older adults, so is finding a place that’s welcoming — where we can feel free to be ourselves and be treated respectfully and compassionately. LGBT-friendly housing are communities that are committed to being welcoming and supportive to all their residents and give people who identify as LGBT+ the opportunity to live in a community of respect and acceptance.”

  • The models of LGBT+ friendly housing that have thus far been developed in the United States have taken a singular lens on creating housing.
  • We have several examples – in Philadelphia, NYC, and Los Angeles – of LGBT+ senior affordable housing. These have all been multi-family buildings designed to house as many seniors facing limited options, oftentimes due to fixed incomes.
  • Locally, local Village Hearth Co-Housing community has built “an LGBT-focused, ages 55+, community with 15 acres of wooded land just 20 minutes from downtown Durham.” While it is exciting to have the first LGBT co-housing community in our area, we recognize the low to mid $400K price range of Village Hearth units is beyond the financial reach of many in our community.

The vision of Golden Girlz is to create a community that intentionally makes space for all of our people in a broad range of financial means. This will be achieved by a blend of public/non-profit and private supports all within the same community.

Mission

Golden Girlz cultivates leadership, promotes healthy livelihoods, addresses resource gaps in housing for LGBTQIA+ individuals of varied economic means, and encourages structural change towards a resilient and self-sustaining queer community. Learn more.

Contact

210 Edward St
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 868-6208
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