The Speculative Literature Foundation, launched in 2004 to promote literary quality in speculative fiction, created a grant intended to help homeless writers or writers from impoverished, working class, blue-collar and/or poor backgrounds. Their description of the grant reads:
“Working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to financial barriers which have made it much harder for them to have access to the writing world. Such lack of access might include an inability to attend conventions, to purchase a computer, to buy books, to attend college or high school, to have the time to write (if, for example, you must work two jobs simply to pay rent and feed a family, or if you must spend all your waking hours job-hunting for months on end). The SLF would like to assist in finding more of these marginalized voices and bringing them into speculative fiction.”
Kudos, SLF. Because having a voice matters.