Consumer Advocacy Boards: Becoming Part of the Solution<br />Wednesday, July 14<br />
CCABoH History<br />CCABoH initiated at Union Mission, Inc. in 2002 to offer consumer leadership and feedback to Healthcar...
Stepping Out <br />In 2006, CCABoH decided to seek its own non-profit status to assist the community in bringing new fundi...
More Change!<br />In 2009, CCABoH moved out of Union Mission meeting space and into a new meeting space at SOURCE/Candler ...
Monthly Meetings<br />Meetings are held every second Monday and follow Robert’s Rules of Order.  The board operates under ...
Advocacy and Education<br />Meetings with elected officials in Savannah, Atlanta and DC<br />Quarterly Newsletter<br />Hol...
Obstacles to overcome<br />Recruitment has changed with our move out of shelter facilities<br />Engagement has changed sin...
HHH Creed<br />I Choose to believe change is possible<br />I Choose to be an avid listener<br />I choose to respect others...
The Beginnings: HHH<br />Purpose:<br />Building Bridges  = EDUCATION<br />Empowering Change = CHANGING LIVES<br />Ending H...
The Beginnings: HHH<br />History<br />Began with voting / candidates forum<br />First public speaking revealed POWER of pe...
The Details: HHH<br />Who:<br />	Currently, Formerly, & Potentially Homeless<br />When:<br />	Every Wednesday at 12:00<br ...
Structure: Meetings	<br />Meetings: <br /><ul><li>2 per week – open meeting and </li></ul> 	leadership team meeting<br />O...
Rotating Facilitator
Creed
Open Forum
Guidelines for participation
Closing Question</li></li></ul><li>Structure: Leadership<br />Leadership Team<br />Concept arose after frustration from ma...
Structure: Leadership<br />Responsibilities<br />Deciding meeting agendas<br />Vetting ideas from Open Forum<br />Set advo...
Structure: Membership<br /><ul><li>Membership
To Become a Member
Must attend 3 meetings
Sit down with membership coordinator to go over program and with program director to set life goals
Take new members 1st Wednesday of the month
Given T-Shirt, Hat, and Business Cards</li></li></ul><li>Structure: Outreach<br />Word of mouth<br />Clean-Up Effort<br />...
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Representatives from local consumer advocacy boards – comprised of people who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness – will provide information on creating a board and advancing an advocacy agenda. This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to network with other advocates from across the country and share information on their efforts.

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6.7 Consumer Advocacy Boards: Becoming Part of the Solution

  1. 1. Consumer Advocacy Boards: Becoming Part of the Solution<br />Wednesday, July 14<br />
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  3. 3. CCABoH History<br />CCABoH initiated at Union Mission, Inc. in 2002 to offer consumer leadership and feedback to Healthcare for the Homeless Program at the JC Lewis Health Care Center.<br />CCABoH primarily worked on issues related to health care, mental health care, and other issues at Union Mission until 2006.<br />
  4. 4. Stepping Out <br />In 2006, CCABoH decided to seek its own non-profit status to assist the community in bringing new funding sources to programs for the homeless and at risk.<br />Founding member Howard Jackson launched a blog to better keep in touch with youth trained in advocacy through UMI’s service learning curriculum.<br />
  5. 5. More Change!<br />In 2009, CCABoH moved out of Union Mission meeting space and into a new meeting space at SOURCE/Candler Adult Day Center.<br />In 2010, CCABoH partners with Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness and works toward creating a statewide consumer advocacy group.<br />
  6. 6. Monthly Meetings<br />Meetings are held every second Monday and follow Robert’s Rules of Order. The board operates under a charter and by-laws.<br />CCABoH member Renee Kennedy attends board meetings of both Union Mission, Inc. and Chatham/Savannah Homeless Authority. <br />
  7. 7. Advocacy and Education<br />Meetings with elected officials in Savannah, Atlanta and DC<br />Quarterly Newsletter<br />Holds 1st Homeless Memorial Day in Savannah in 2009<br />Public speaking at GAEH and NAEH conferences<br />Howard Jackson works with youth at UMI<br />
  8. 8. Obstacles to overcome<br />Recruitment has changed with our move out of shelter facilities<br />Engagement has changed since community liaison members no longer work within the Savannah agencies working on homelessness issues<br />Involvement in state and national advocacy issues less concrete for members <br />
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  10. 10. HHH Creed<br />I Choose to believe change is possible<br />I Choose to be an avid listener<br />I choose to respect others and their opinions<br />I choose to bring my gifts to the table and share them<br />I choose to commit to ending homelessness<br />
  11. 11. The Beginnings: HHH<br />Purpose:<br />Building Bridges = EDUCATION<br />Empowering Change = CHANGING LIVES<br />Ending Homelessness = ADVOCACY<br />
  12. 12. The Beginnings: HHH<br />History<br />Began with voting / candidates forum<br />First public speaking revealed POWER of personal stories<br />
  13. 13. The Details: HHH<br />Who:<br /> Currently, Formerly, & Potentially Homeless<br />When:<br /> Every Wednesday at 12:00<br />Where:<br /> Urban Ministry Center, local soup kitchen and service center <br />
  14. 14. Structure: Meetings <br />Meetings: <br /><ul><li>2 per week – open meeting and </li></ul> leadership team meeting<br />Open Meeting Includes…<br /><ul><li>Agenda
  15. 15. Rotating Facilitator
  16. 16. Creed
  17. 17. Open Forum
  18. 18. Guidelines for participation
  19. 19. Closing Question</li></li></ul><li>Structure: Leadership<br />Leadership Team<br />Concept arose after frustration from making decisions<br />LT elected in general meeting<br />Eligibility includes:<br />membership for 2 months,<br />evidence of leadership potential,<br />and consistency<br />
  20. 20. Structure: Leadership<br />Responsibilities<br />Deciding meeting agendas<br />Vetting ideas from Open Forum<br />Set advocacy agenda on annual basis<br />
  21. 21. Structure: Membership<br /><ul><li>Membership
  22. 22. To Become a Member
  23. 23. Must attend 3 meetings
  24. 24. Sit down with membership coordinator to go over program and with program director to set life goals
  25. 25. Take new members 1st Wednesday of the month
  26. 26. Given T-Shirt, Hat, and Business Cards</li></li></ul><li>Structure: Outreach<br />Word of mouth<br />Clean-Up Effort<br />Field Trips<br />Fresh bread at meetings<br />
  27. 27. Actions: Solidarity Sleep-out<br />Goal: Implement 10 Year Plan – 250 more year-round shelter beds<br />Plan: Housed and Homeless <br /> sleep-out together in uptown park<br />Include rally with variety of speakers<br />Draw media attention<br />
  28. 28. Actions: Solidarity Sleep-out<br />Success: Within several months, a new mayor elected (who attended sleep-out) elected and declared ending homelessness a priority<br />Before next winter, additional <br /> 250 beds added<br />
  29. 29. Actions: Road to Housing<br />City bond recommendation: <br />$167 million for roads & $10 million for affordable housing<br />Theme: <br /> Where is the Road to <br /> Affordable Housing<br />
  30. 30. Actions: Road to Housing<br />Components:<br />Prayer Vigil<br />20 speakers before City Council (1/3 homeless/formerly homeless)<br />Followed-up with Press Conference<br />Meetings/phone calls/emails to Council<br />“Homeless Tour” with Councilman<br />Won an addition $5 million for Housing<br />
  31. 31. Other Actions<br />Partnership with Police & Jail: Reduce Homeless Arrests<br />“The Wall”: Active presence in discussions to close outdoor meal site<br />Community Dance<br />
  32. 32. Future Obstacles<br />How to include Formerly Homeless?<br />
  33. 33. For More Information:<br />HHH Blog:<br />http://www.urbanministrycenter.org/blogs/hhh-blog<br />Program Director:<br />Liz Clasen-Kelly – 704-926-0608, lclasen@urbanministrycenter.org<br />
  34. 34. Discussion<br /><ul><li>What Obstacles Are You Facing?
  35. 35. What Obstacles Have You Overcome?</li>

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