Nothing About Us Without Us: Seven Principles for Leadership & Inclusion of People with Lived Experience of Homelessness

Nothing About Us Without Us: Seven Principles for Leadership & Inclusion of People with Lived Experience of Homelessness

These principles point to the importance of first voice inclusion in all endeavours to end homelessness. This is true of any social issue – the people who are living it usually have the best understanding about what the problem is and what needs to be done to address it. Inclusion is especially vital in the context of homelessness, though, because being excluded and silenced is a huge part of the experience of homelessness and poverty. The belief that people who are homeless do not have the competence to participate as equals in organizations is layered on top of the other stereotypes directed at us because of racism, sexism, ableism, poor-bashing, and other oppressions.

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