Lived Experience of Homelessness


about THE leac

The Lived Experience Advisory Committee (LEAC) is one of the two CoC dedicated committees that convene individuals with lived experience of homelessness. The committee is responsible for providing expertise and recommendations to the Continuum of Care and the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services— with the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of the homeless service system.



The voices of people with lived experience of homelessness are critical and included in every aspect of the planning, decision-making, and activities undertaken by the Continuum of Care. Members of the LEAC sit on almost every CoC committee, including committees tasked with making decisions about funding and system-wide policies. In their capacity, members of the Lived Experience Advisory Committee have worked with the city to monitor and reform shelter policies and operations, promote affordable housing solutions, and recommend best practices on engaging people with lived experience. Six CoC Board positions are dedicated to people who have lived experience of homelessness. The LEAC Co-chairs are also members of the CoC Executive Committee.

Current Goals

  1. Launching a Public Education Campaign: The committee will develop a communication strategy and campaign with specific actions to educate the public about homelessness in Baltimore City and in the U.S.
  2. Building 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. Reforming 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. Advocating for Permanent Solutions to Homelessness.: The committee will seek opportunities to advocate for permanent solutions to homelessness at the local, state, and national levels.



The LEAC meets (virtually) weekly on Fridays from 10:00AM to 11:30AM and is open to anyone with current or past lived experience of homelessness.

Phone: 3017158592 #948 2285 4248

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Expertise from Lived Experience

People with lived experience of homelessness have the best understanding of its realities and hold valuable perspectives about how to tackle it.

"Anyone with lived experience of homelessness has a degree in homelessness and can use it to inform solutions to end homelessness. We have the knowledge to end Homelessness. "

—Jeff Garrett, LEAC Member


UPCOMING EVENTS & current initiatives

Homeless Persons' Memorial Day

Homeless Persons' Memorial Day will be held in Baltimore City on Thursday, December 17th at 1:15 PM. Please mark your calendar and join us virtually as we celebrate the lives of those with lived experience of homelessness who passed away in 2020.

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week


In observance of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Baltimore City LEAC is launching #KNOWTHEFACTS, a public education campaign that aims to raise awareness on the issue of homelessness in Baltimore City & the U.S. Follow along on social media and join the conversation. #HHWeek2020

LEAC Outreach Campaign


Are you an individual with lived experience of homelessness interested in using your voice and expertise to shape responses to homelessness in Baltimore City? Join the LEAC. We meet virtually every Friday from 10:00AM to 11:30AM.