Rashod Brown is a 24-year old black trans man; a sculptor; an animal lover; a graduate of The Art Institute’s special effects/makeup program; a natural leader; someone with a big heart and a bigger smile; a kid who aged out of the foster care system (where he’d been from age 13-21); and a resident of ACTION-Housing’s Uptown Lofts.

He came to the Uptown Lofts MyPlace program through a former caseworker, and has been living in what he calls his “REALLY nice apartment” since June 2015. He credits the building with “giving me a sense of security to know that I can stay here, without worrying about getting kicked out, so that I can work on bettering myself.”

Rashod has built a community inside the building – amongst his friends and his caseworker – but also outside, working with many local LGBTQ organizations, including the Garden of Peace Project, Initiative for Transgender Leadership, and New Voices. “I feel at home here,” Rashod says. “My space is neat and colorful and eclectic, with art everywhere. Just like me.”

Rashod Brown