Community Security Program (CSP)

About CSP:

Formerly known as our SafeHouse program, Community Security Program (CSP) is Gender Justice League’s direct support program providing services to Two-Spirit, trans, and gender diverse survivors of gender-based violence and crime who are located in or relocating to Washington State. 

We prioritize resource allocation to Two-Spirit, trans, and gender diverse BIPOC. 

Our program combines government funding and directly raised mutual-aid funds from our own community to support as many people as possible with as much flexibility as we can offer.  

What We Offer:

Temporary Shelter Coordination

We assist survivors who are fleeing violence with temporary emergency shelter in the form of hotel or Airbnb stays for up to three days, while we work with you to access a longer-term shelter or housing situation. GJL does not currently own or operate a shelter. Priority for funds goes to TwoSpirit, Trans, & Gender Diverse BIPOC.

Flexible Financial Assistance

We provide small financial assistance grants (usually less than $300) to support survivors in accessing security. Our funding is flexible, but intended for smaller expenses such as transportation, utilities, food, and clothing; and on rare occasions, larger expenses such as rent or rental deposits, where there is a clear plan in place to meet future expenses. Priority for funds goes to TwoSpirit, Trans, & Gender Diverse BIPOC.

Resource Navigation Support

We provide help in navigating resources related to housing, food, healthcare, transportation, HIV & STI testing, and more. We can meet via phone or video to help figure out how to best support your needs. We often refer people to other resources, but sometimes we are able to provide 1:1 support while navigating systems of bureaucracy.

w

Safety Planning

We support Two-Spirit, Trans, & Gender Diverse survivors of gender-based violence, sexual assault, hate crimes, and other crime throughout Washington State in getting to a safe place and finding the support they need by making a plan together and connecting them to resources such as shelter, food, healthcare, and healing care. 

We do not provide crisis or emergency services.  It may take up to 48 hours for us to respond to requests for support. For crisis or emergency services, we recommend Crisis Connection‘s 24-hour line: 866-427-4747.

Other resources for support can be found in our resource guide

Who is Eligible:

In order to be eligible for CSP shelter support or financial assistance, you must: 

(a) Live in or be relocating to Washington State, AND

(b) have experienced any form of gender-based violence* OR have survived any form of crime**.

*Examples of gender-based violence may include domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, workplace sexual harassment, harassment by a landlord/roommate, or a hate crime. 

**Examples of crime may include robbery, theft, or violent crime; being fired illegally; or being discriminated against or denied service due to your gender identity. 

To Access Services:

To request and access services, please schedule an appointment by clicking the button to the right. 

New clients: please select a “Community Security Program Intake Call” appointment.

Established clients: make an appointment for any duration of time that works for you.

Questions?

Ganesha Gold Buffalo at Trans Pride Seattle (2023). Photo by Mel Ponder. 

For questions about CSP, please contact Ganesha Gold Buffalo (she/her), CSP Program Director:

206-395-6643

Ganesha@GenderJusticeLeague.org