Brave Space Alliance begins building campaign

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CHICAGO — The Brave Space Alliance (BSC), a transgender- and POC-led LGBTQ community center in Chicago, has announced a business campaign for their new offices on the south side.

In an statement emailed on Wednesday, the BSA said they have been able to expand their programming and services as they work to create a permanent safe space in their office for Black and Brown transgender and queer people on the south and west sides.

The total they hope to raise is $800,000:

  • $262,500 for space acquisition costs
  • $137,800 for permitting, engineering, and renovation 
  • $99,700 for tech, furniture, and bills for 1 year
  • $160,000 for supplies to make the BSA Crisis Pantry permanent
  • $80,000 to build a permanent distribution network for the pantry
  • $60,000 for equipment, staffing, and certification costs for the pantry

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the George Floyd protests, the BSA has served 15,000 people.

“We are asking our community supporters that believe in the work we do to support Black Trans Lives on the South and West Sides of Chicago,” the BSA said in the letter.

The community can donate for the building campaign at this website.

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