Kerala Govt. to Launch Transgender Housing Scheme 2021 – Night Shelters / Housing Colonies for Transgenders


Kerala government to Launch Transgender Housing Scheme 2021: The state govt. is planning to introduce a new housing scheme for transgenders in the state. This initiative is aimed at assisting the sexual minority to fight discrimination and overcome social stigma. The housing scheme would be implemented with the help of local bodies and NGO’s that would ensure a safe dwelling environment for the financially weak among the transgender community.

What is Kerala Transgender Housing Scheme 2021

The state govt. of Kerala now plants to launch a new Transgender Housing Scheme after unveiling the transgender policy previously. It is a first of its kind initiative aimed at helping the sexual minority community to fight discrimination and overcome social stigma.

Phase 1 of Housing Scheme for Transgenders

In the first phase of Kerala Transgender Housing Scheme, night shelter will be offered to the transgender people. Setting up a housing colony for the transgenders is also under the consideration of the Social Justice department. The department is searching for land to construct the housing facility for transgenders. Firstly, SJD dept. will search for land in various districts to construct night shelter for which the fund is available.

Survey to Identify Kerala Transgender Housing Scheme Beneficiaries

Discussions are on to implement a comprehensive housing scheme, similar to the Kerala state government’s LIFE mission, for the transgenders across the state. The possibility of including the sexual minority group in the list of LIFE mission beneficiaries will also be examined. A recent study conducted by the SJD revealed a majority of transgenders are still living in the streets due to lack of shelter. Even relatives are not willing to offer them an abode. To address the issue, the SJD will conduct a detailed survey with the support of NGOs and local bodies.

Objective of Kerala Transgender Housing Scheme

The objective of this housing scheme is to provide a shelter for transgender community because the unavailability of house was a major concern for Kerala state govt. This project will be implemented under the supervision of Social Justice Department. SJD has worked toward ensuring shelter for all homeless transgenders.

Types of Homes in Kerala Transgender Housing Scheme

Two types of housing schemes for transgenders are being considered by the government. First is the opening of night shelters while second is the housing colony. Govt. will provide 2 types of homes – short-term shelter homes and housing colony exclusively for the sexual minority groups. The purpose of this scheme is to ensure transgender people in Kerala get a dignified livelihood.

According to the census of 2011, total population of transgender is 3902 in Kerala. Out of this population, children counting is 295 and literacy rate is 84.61%. Literacy rate is good in state but they don’t get opportunity in all types of jobs and good standard in society.

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Transgenders have marginalized and alienated for so long despite being a part of the society. They have all the constitutional rights like any other resident of the country and state. It becomes the duty of center and state to provide them all opportunity and give a dignified life.

Source / Reference Link: https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2017/jul/09/kerala-goverment-plans-housing-scheme-for-transgenders-1626190.html

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