People who are homeless are also part of our community and we want to use what powers we have to support their lives. Where do we begin?
Recently, Claudine Naganuma interviewed Vien Truong about empowering girls and women and discussed how to be effective change makers.
Homelessness, if it was an easy answer somebody would have solved it in San Francisco, Oakland, New York or one of these cities. It’s not fixed because it is huge problem.
According to East Oakland Community Project, a multi-service organization offering emergency and transitional housing in Alameda County, 49.2% of Alameda County’s citizens are homeless. Of those who are homeless, families make up 43% and children make up 28% of that figure.
When we come together with a sure sense of solidarity and purpose to figuring it out, then we can actually apply our shared powers together.
Participants in dNaga’s company class reflected on the explosion of homelessness that is occurring in the Bay Area and specifically in Oakland and created the following mind map.
In Schools and Communities
- Mental Illness
- Getting involved
For Police Force
- Confronting Mental Illness
- Call your local representatives to voice that the community cares about this issue
- Allocate tax money towards funding a place for homeless to sleep
- Creating affordable housing and healthcare
- Raise minimum wage
- Give ex-convicts what they need to start over and stay out of prison
- Crackdown on human trafficking
- Attend local government meetings and voice your opinion
- Vote for those who make a difference about this issue
- Local shelters
- Food banks
- Facilities and service agencies for homeless
- First Aid Kits
- Hygiene Supplies
- Educational Programs
- Job Training
- School Supplies
- Create: more shelters, public restrooms, healthcare, programs, jobs
- Acceptance of sexuality and gender identity
- Empower homeless to take action themselves
If you want to get involved with this complex issue, don’t recreate the wheel, identify who are the people doing this work and what are the gaps, what is our power and how can we use our power to get to the gaps and the outcome.
For more information about Vien Truong, please visit: https://www.thedreamcorps.org
Oakland Community Project: http://www.eocp.net/what-we-do/who-is-homeless/
For more information about Circle of Sisterhood please visit: http://dnaga.org/circle-of-sisterhood/
BOSS- Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency: https://self-sufficiency.org/
Census Information: https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/alamedacountycalifornia/PST045216
dNaga company class offers students at Danspace an opportunity to participate in the process of creating new work. Students engage in ballet, modern, butoh and theater idioms and in critical reflection around issues pertaining to public health, social justice and art. Students have the opportunity to perform in showcases around the Bay Area with an inter-generational cast, including people with Parkinson’s disease.