The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance‘s excellent 2013 Conference on Ending Homelessness featured many of the speakers you’d expect — direct service providers, policy wonks, elected officials, and leading advocates. But organizers also offered a panel discussion by experts we don’t see often enough at these types of gatherings: people who have experienced homelessness themselves. They are, of course, voices we should be listening to as we advocate for an end to homelessness, and we commend the Housing Alliance for including their perspectives. We had the chance to record a couple of their stories.
A veteran and single mom with a full time job, Mindy shared her story about how a mold infestation forced her family to live in their car and shelters. They now reside in YWCA housing. Here’s what she had to say:
David spoke about becoming homeless with his young son and girlfriend. He’s now hoping to make the transition from client to caseworker so that he can help others cope with the struggles he experienced. Watch David tell his story:
The best way to keep families like Mindy’s and David’s away from homelessness is to make sure they have access to safe, healthy, affordable homes. Please join us in advocating for a state budget that adequately funds housing programs and keeps our neighbors off the streets. Contact your legislators now using this easy email template.