Advocacy and Leadership by those Impacted by Homelessness
The San Diego Homeless-Experienced Advocacy and Leadership (HEAL) Network is developed as a means to bring the voices of citizens who have experienced homelessness themselves— who have been most impacted by this crisis— into critical local discourse in a meaningful and effective way, to elevate the discussion, emphasize the humanity of the affected individuals, and to move public policies toward strategies that are more focused on the individuals who are impacted by this crisis. The program was launched in April 2019 with two training series in North and Central parts of San Diego county to help participants gain knowledge and understanding of their role in influencing a broader discourse on homelessness and are then engaged in advocacy opportunities to shape public policy on this issue.
Two cohorts of 10 participants in North County and Central San Diego
Participate in six- week training, once a week for 2 hours, in the evening
Learn to share your story and experience with decision-makers and participate in at least 5 local advocacy opportunities
Join an important dialogue on how to address homelessness
Grow and expand your network in San Diego County
Care for your community
Be comfortable talking to people about homeless issues
Be willing to work with others
Be able to participate in a six-session, weekly training program
Be able to attend at least five advocacy opportunities following the training
Be comfortable encouraging people to become involved
Training Series in Central and North San Diego
Contact Mehrsa@housingsandiego.org if interested to learn more.