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OUR VISION AND MISSION
The Rainbow Housing Coalition is a non-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to developing and providing affordable housing for local LGBTQ+ people and people living with disabilities.
LGBTQ+ people and people living with disabilities are challenged by the search for welcoming and inclusive housing options. These individuals face discrimination and even abuse when looking for retirement communities, assisted living, and/or long-term care options. We aim to enhance the overall quality of life for LGBTQ+ people by connecting them with safe and friendly housing.
We are dedicated to ensuring the availability of quality, affordable, and diverse housing and related programs in the St Petersburg, FL area. We collaborate with community partners to provide pathways to long-term affordable housing and wellness.
Originally organized in August of 2001 as the Robert W. Pope Charitable Foundation, Inc., this registered nonprofit corporation operated within the state of Florida primarily as an outlet to assist disadvantaged adolescents who found themselves homeless when their parents discovered that they identified under the LGBTQ+ umbrella.
On January 1, 2007, the Board of Trustees voted to rename the corporation the "Two Spirit Charitable Foundation, Inc.", and after years of monitoring the needs of the community, a new name was registered with the State of Florida as the "Rainbow Housing Coalition".
Over the next several years, the Board of Trustees accumulated a great deal of information concerning the needs for the elderly LGBTQ+ community in finding affordable housing. The examination of this ongoing problem, however, also brought to light the housing need for people with physical disabilities, as well as a wide range of others within the LGBTQ+ population who were also affected by housing discrimination.
The Board of Trustees has expanded its numbers to include a wide cross-section of our LGBTQ+ community, as well as multiple areas of expertise and knowledge. We have bankers, lawyers, representatives of the transgender community, realtors, developers, allies, and folks who have prior experience with nonprofit organizations who all have joined together in this time of need.
1. Real Estate