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LGBTQ Community Bands Together To Outlive Pandemic And Prejudices

Non-profit associations have also pooled funds for rental assistance programs for families whose income has been affected by the COVID pandemic.



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Town Square discusses housing, mental health, and other challenges facing the LGBTQ community with representatives from the Montrose Center and The Black Queer Plus: Center for Liberation, a new resource center opening tomorrow.

First, BakerRipley, Catholic Charities, and the City of Houston pool together a $159 million dollar fund assist families behind on rent due to the pandemic. Tenants and landlords both can apply for assistance at


  • Fred Goodall, Assistant Director of Communications at BakerRipley

Then, the Monstrose Center opened Texas’s first LGBTQ-friendly retirement home, Law Harrington Senior Living Center, and residents are already moving in. The 112 unit facility broke ground in 2017.


  • Austin Davis Ruiz, Communications and Marketing Manager for the Montrose Center

And, the LGBTQ community faces additional challenges and concerns about their safety during the pandemic. Caller Christina explained how she had to hide her gender identity in order to provide for herself and her family as jobs are scarce.


Houston Public Media reporter Matt Harab also joins Ernie with COVID updates and headlines, including:

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