Shelters Slowly Adapt to Help Transgender Homeless

By: ATLANTA (AP)
By: ATLANTA (AP)

Nationwide, activists say help is hard to find for the transgender homeless. Shelters are taking note.

From Phoenix to New York, shelters are fine-tuning policies to recognize preferred gender over birth gender. They're trying to balance the needs of their mainstream clients with those of an unconventional segment of the homeless.

The Atlanta Union Mission may expand one or more of its six area shelters, in part to accommodate transgender people.

At Atlanta's Peachtree and Pine shelter, director Anita Beaty will meet with transgender activists this spring to discuss revamping shelter housing policies.

Activists say deaths of homeless transgender women in Atlanta and Austin, Texas, underscore the need for shelter for all.


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