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People from all over the country will visit Detroit Jan. 23-27 for the 2019 Creating Change conference. In an effort to make the conference financially accessible for everyone, the National LGBTQ Task Force is offering community housing to as many attendees as possible. But hosts are needed to help provide space in their private homes for LGBTQ+ people, allies and activists looking for a place to stay.
According to the Task Force, “by offering your home you will help a person connect with their community, explore resources and acquire services they need to survive.”
The Community Housing Committee will make matches in alignment with information provided on the registration forms. For example, a host who indicates there is a cat in the home will not be matched with a guest who indicates allergic incompatibility with cats. Transportation and location will also be taken into consideration.
The host involvement may simply be a bed and use of a bathroom or hosts can open their kitchen for meal prep, the living room for relaxing, TV and conversation.
The Task Force expects that guests will respect hosts’ wishes, limits and boundaries with regard to: the agreed-upon length of stay; alcohol and tobacco use in the home; uses of the kitchen and other common areas of the home; and any other procedures of the house.
Please find the Community Housing Host form at creatingchange.org/community-housing/ as well as more information on joining the Task Force in offering alternative housing to Creating Change attendees.