Community Opportunities

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Educator Toolkit to Integrate LGBTQ+ Issues Into Curriculum

 

This toolkit was designed by The Spahr Center staff and student leaders to help educators build the skills to become stronger allies and advocates in your classrooms for LGBTQ+ students. The Spahr Center is an organization dedicated to supporting and empowering the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities.

Access the Educator Toolkit by clicking here.

Watch a workshop related to the toolkit by clicking here.

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Do You Know Someone in the NAGLY Community Who Needs Help with Paying for Food or Utilities?

 

If you know someone or you are someone in the NAGLY community that needs help with paying for food, utilities, or other daily needs, NAGLY has a number of gift cards to help out NAGLY community members.  If you are reading this now, we consider you part of the NAGLY community.  Please don't hesitate to reach out if you need assistance.    

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Report Discrimination in Housing

 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is now looking at complaints and inquiries from the last year to see if they warrant further investigation.  If you have clients, community members, or staff that have, in the last year, experienced discrimination in housing, please advise them that they can still take action to have their cases heard.  

Examples of what constitutes discrimination are:

 

  • Shelters refusing access because of gender identity or forcing someone to stay in a sex-segregated shelter that doesn’t align with their identity.

  • Rentals declining a rental application for any reason other than the prospective renter not meeting stated qualifications or lying about availability.

  • Harassment- asking for sexual favors in exchange for rent or a landlord creating a hostile environment through harassing comments on a tenant’s appearance.

  • Ads for housing that say things like “no same-sex couples” or marketing that is targeted to exclude certain communities.

  • The directive also protects people who experience discrimination on multiple bases, such as race, familial status, and sexual orientation.

Complaints can be filed by clicking below or by calling 1-800-669-9777 or 1-800-877-8339.

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Free Online Library of Audio and Ebooks 

 

OverDrive is an online library where you can check out audiobooks and ebooks for free.  OverDRive has a wide variety of books, but Candid for OverDrive has a selection of books for "diversity, equality, and inclusion".  To use OverDrive, you'll just need a free, public library account.  If you don't have one contact, your local public library.  To get started with OverDrive, click below.

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Free Legal Assistance With Name Change For Transgender Individuals

 

UMASS School of Law is offering free legal assistance with name changes to transgender individuals.  For more information or to schedule a confidential consultation, call 508-985-1159 or email ClinicCoordinator@UMASS.edu.

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Need Help With the Cost of Utilities, Heat, or Rent?

 

For the following North Shore Communities: Beverly, Boxford, Danvers, Essex, Georgetown, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Lynn, Lynnfield, Magnolia, Manchester, Marblehead, Middleton, Nahant, Newbury, Peabody, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield and Wenham

 

If you are a renter, a landlord, or a homeowner and wish to apply for funds to help you with your rent, utilities or your mortgage, please access the website below to apply.   

Information is available in English or Spanish.  La información está disponible en inglés y español.