Community Engagement

Community Engagement is an essential and important component of homeless response activity. Centering a homeless response system’s work around people with lived experience of homelessness means that the homeless response system has structures in place to ensure the direct participation from people experiencing homelessness in policies, strategies, implementation, and evaluation of the homeless response system. While there are many ways to engage people with lived experience in the homeless response system, often a formal structure such a Community Advisory Board or a Lived Experience Advisory Board that is comprised solely of people formerly/currently homeless, provides a vehicle for regular and meaningful engagement.