Lived Experience of Homelessness

Lived Experience of Homelessness

People with lived experience of homelessness are critical to every aspect of the planning, decision-making, and activities within the Continuum of Care.  In addition to the six dedicated Board positions, people with lived experience of homelessness are also encouraged to become Continuum members and participate in any of the committees of the Continuum of Care.  There are also two dedicated committees that convene people with lived experience.

Lived Experience Advisory Committee

The Lived Experience Advisory Committee is responsible for providing expertise and recommendations to the Continuum of Care and the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services to improve the quality and effectiveness of the homeless service system.  The committee meets weekly and is open to anyone with current or past lived experience of homelessness.  Current goals include:

  1. Launch a Public Education Campaign: The committee will develop a communication strategy and campaign with specific actions to educate the public about homelessness and advocate for positive change.
  2. Build a Community of Action and Support: The committee will develop a set of actions to engage people experiencing homeless in shelters and other sites, including:
  3. Reform the Homeless Service System: The committee will engage and educate MOHS and provider agencies to improve the delivery of services in shelters and other parts of the system.
  4. Housing: The committee will review current and potential opportunities to advocate for housing solutions and identify an area of focus for the year.

Youth Advisory Board

Based on their experience of youth homelessness, the Youth Advisory Board is also responsible for providing expertise and recommendations to the Continuum of Care and the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services to improve the quality and effectiveness of the homeless service system.  The committee meets monthly.

For more information on the Lived Experience Advisory Committee or Youth Advisory Board, please contact journey.home@baltimorecity.gov.