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Homeless People

In the late 1960s, Harvard University had a conference on the state of women’s issues. Women’s Issues. The featured panel at the conference didn’t have one woman. Sounds ridiculous now (and probably did then to many). Equally ridiculous is trying to understand homelessness—and end it—without the expertise of people that actually are or were homeless.

Now it’s not so ridiculous when your image of a homeless person is “lazy,” “drunk,” “crazy,” “choosing to be homeless,” “not bright.” But when you recognize the diversity of the 3.5 million (likely more) people that may be homeless in a year, you know there are (like any group) some scholars, some powerful speakers, workers, thinkers, artists, etc. To not include their perspective and experience is, well, ridiculous.

There are challenges to involving homeless people in planning and organizing. They may not have transportation, a phone, the ability to leave a job to meet in the daytime, or childcare, etc. But working with them and addressing those issues head on is well worth the effort.

Resources for Involving Homeless People

The National Coalition for the Homeless Faces of the Homeless Speakers Bureau
http://www.nationalhomeless.org/faces/

Homeless Street Newspapers
http://www.homeless.org.au/directory/news.htm

People To End Homelessness (RI)
http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/shelter.cgi?shelter=9432

Picture the Homeless (New York, NY)
http://www.picturethehomeless.org/

Homeless Nation (Canada)
http://www.homelessnation.org/index.php?lang=en