RAP and EAP at the Conference

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RAP and EAP at the Conference

Your personal experience of homelessness or living in affordable housing is welcome here: Resident Action Project and Emerging Advocates at COEH

The Conference on Ending Homelessness (COEH) presents numerous opportunities for learning and networking. The Resident Action Project (RAP) and the Emerging Advocates Program (EAP) at COEH bring conference opportunities and program support together to create a space for affordable housing residents and people who’ve experienced homelessness to network, learn, and feel supported at the conference and beyond.

For the duration of the conference, members of RAP and EAP will have access to a room in the convention center specifically for them. Folks can chill and decompress, meet other RAP and EAP members, and participate in exclusive programming. Look for the  tag in the online and printed program.

RAP/EAP Conference Schedule:

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

7:30am - 8:15am
“Been There” Caucus Orientation Breakfast 
If you've experienced homelessness or live in affordable housing, you're invited to join a conference orientation breakfast to connect with other attendees and get questions answered about the conference. First-time attendees with these experiences are especially encouraged to stop by. Resident Action Project Leaders Mindy Woods and Mr. B will greet you and help you prepare for a great conference experience.

11:10am -12:12pm 
Storytelling for Advocacy 

Explore how stories can be utilized for advocacy and social justice. Stories have the power to change opinions, create empathy and build communities. Participants will have space to tell a personal story of their own and learn how to connect to it to current events. Facilitated by Resident Action Project Leader Angela Compton.

2:00pm - 3:30pm
Homelessness Cultural Acceptance: The Connection Between Culture, Resource Management, Laws and Ethics on Homelessness 

Learn how cultural depictions about people without homes directly impacts resource management, laws, and ethics. Discuss how helping others helps all of us in terms of eliminating poverty, discrimination, and ensuring full access to community and government resources. Facilitated by Resident Action Project Leader Jennifer Delia.

3:50pm - 5:05pm
We Lived It, We Can Change It! 
Experience Forum Theater, a creative process where the line between audience and actors is blurred to open dialogue, advance understanding, and explore real life solutions to issues faced by people experiencing homelessness. Attendees will have the opportunity to observe and then engage with Forum Theater with the guidance of trained facilitator Matthew Anderson.

6:30pm - 8:30pm
Emerging Advocates Program And Resident Action Project Networking Dinner 
Emerging Advocates Program participants past and present, as well as Resident Action Project members, are invited to a dinner gathering following the Conference Reception. Advance registration required.

Please note this dinner has limited capacity and RSVPs must be sent to Nick Wood (nickw@wliha.org) in advance of the conference. 

 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

7:30am - 8:45am
"Been There" Caucus Breakfast 
A chance for conference attendees who've experienced homelessness to come together for mutual support and networking. This will be a caucus space – only attendees with this shared experience, please. Hosted by Resident Action Project Leaders Kristina Sawyckyj and Lisa Sawyer.

11:00am - 12:30pm
Resident Action Project Strategic Planning Session 
A chance to discuss takeaways from the conference, network with other advocates working from a place of personal experience, and discuss what’s next for us across the state, as a group and as individual advocates.

 

The Resident Action Project aims to build a statewide network people who live in affordable homes, people who are low-income, and people who have experienced homelessness. Our goal is to empower and follow the lead of the these folks to take action to push for policy change at the state level. 

The Emerging Advocates Program provides advocacy training and support for individuals with direct experience of housing instability/homelessness. Participants gain skills and experience working for positive policy change to become advocacy leaders in their communities. EAP graduates are important members of the affordable housing advocacy community; many graduates build long-lasting connections and discover new opportunities through the Housing Alliance and our networks.