We Are Denver Homeless Out Loud
Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL) works with and for people who experience homelessness to help protect and advocate for dignity, rights and choices for people experiencing homelessness. We commit our efforts toward goals affirmed and raised by homeless people, within our organization, and throughout the homeless community. We strive to expose the root causes of homelessness and to add our strengths together to create ways of living in which everyone has a safe place they can call home.
HOW WE STARTED
After surveying over 500 people who were experiencing homelessness at the end of the year 2012 in Denver about the effects of the urban camping ban, not surprisingly, the responses showed that the ban is not helping people sleep safely at night. The reality is that more people are entering less safe areas and experiencing further hardships
Commitment to Priorities of those Most Affected –
DHOL’s work and mission are to both amplify the voice and defend the rights of people experiencing homelessness. In this work, we believe the priorities must be set by those most affected – people who are or were homeless. This does not mean that any individual who is or has been homeless can decide what the priorities should be within any given project. Rather it means that there is a continual process of checking in with large numbers of people who are homeless, asking for input, documenting that input, and basing our project priorities off what the large majority of people say. This does not mean that we must check in through mass outreach for every little decision, such as to ask how we should go about acquiring washing machines. Any project entails some major decisions concerning what is or is not included (i.e. Bill of Rights, Hygiene Centers, Tiny Houses…). These priority decision must come from the people who will be using or are most affected by the project.
This priority direction gathering process must do the following:
– Ask consistent questions
– Ask a large number of people (at least 50, for big projects more)
– Ask people from a range of locations, races, genders, ability
– Document the responses in a consistent manner
– Conclude in project priority decision that came from the large majority of responses
Denver Homeless Out Loud is a horizontal and consensus-based group. There is no president or board of directors to make all the final decisions. Leadership is designated to point people who are given responsibility to lead particular jobs. Furthermore, leadership comes from all members who take initiative and responsibility to lead in many ways. As a consensus-based group, we are committed to seeking widespread agreement within the group. This does not mean everyone unanimously agrees on every decision, but that members at least feel they can live with the decision and still participate in the group. This horizontal and consensus-based structure emphasizes the importance of the contributions of all participates, the power of open collaboration, and the personal initiative of those who get work done.
Denver Homeless Out Loud is not a non-profit organization and does not have a 501(c)3 or another reporting status.
Commitment to Anti-Oppression
Denver Homeless Out Loud Strives to empower all people to actively and collectively challenge the histories and structures of discrimination and oppression that marginalize some and divide all of us. These include ableism, ageism, classism, heterosexism, racism, religious discrimination, sexism, transphobia, xenophobia, among others.
How to contact us
Call us at (720) 940-5291
Email us at Info@denverhomelessoutloud.org