Our Lived-Experience Matters Too
"People whose lives have been impacted by homelessness are highly motivated to prevent others from experiencing similar traumas. Continua of Care have a particularly important role in assuring federal resources are effective in transforming the lives of people who become homeless. We must be able to facilitate dialog between service providers and service recipients, public officials and the public, housed and unhoused folks, in order to build healthier and more compassionate communities."
~National Coalition for the Homeless~
Creating Lived-Experience Networks
As we stand on the brink of implementing historical amounts of federal funding to combat homelessness in America through the American Rescue Plan and Build Back Better Plan, we must insist that the people most affected are included at the tables making the plans and are no longer ignored, excluded, silenced or denied the right to an adequate standard of living free of discriminatory terms and conditions; specifically chronically homeless African Americans living with mental illness.
Community Bridges Inc, aims to help advocate for the equitable inclusion of Lived-Experience Advisory Committees and 'Housing As A Human Right' by insisting that the United States collectively uphold its obligations to protect the human right to adequate housing, under international law and its specifically accepted recommendations on the right to housing and protection of homeless persons from the 2015 United Nations Universal Periodic Review of United States of America.