We, the Homeless Union of Greensboro are comprised of the homeless community and those who support our cause. We are committed to addressing issues that arise from experiences of homelessness based on the priorities of people experiencing homelessness themselves. No longer will we sit idly by while others make decisions affecting our ability to live and thrive in this city. We have a voice, and a face, and we insist on having a seat at the table when decisions are made which affect people experiencing homelessness in Greensboro and Guilford County.

Current Meeting Time and Space:

Fridays 2-4 PM                               

At the Beloved Community Center 

417 Arlington Street

Greensboro, NC 27406 

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about Us:

We are a group dedicated to working on issues that arise from experiences of homelessness based on the priorities of homeless people themselves.

We welcome anyone to join our efforts, but we prioritize the experiences and voices of people with lived experiences of homelessness. 

We Fight for each other's rights and support each other in our struggles as a community.

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We refuse to accept any donation or monetary support from outside groups who wish to dictate our messaging our how we do our work.

We make decisions horizontally - "No Big 'U's and No Little 'I's". 

 

 

We have no membership dues. 

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For too long, homeless policy has been directed by people who think they can speak for our community, rather than letting us speak for ourselves. ​In our advocacy and common work, we aim to be accountable to the experiences of homeless people themselves, both in our organization and outside of it. We believe that those who are most directly affected by poverty and homeless are the true experts of their own experiences and the issues that affect their community. When politicians, nonprofits and government officials make decisions that affect homeless people, they should make those decisions with our community rather than for us.

Homeless Policy often focuses on the uncomfortable or "unsightly" symptoms of systemic poverty (like seeing people surviving outside), while ignoring the underlying reasons why people are poor in the first place. They offer us band-aid solutions like emergency shelters, or worse, they criminalize people for being poor in public. We aim to address root causes not symptoms. We appreciate the helpful aspects of Band Aids (like soup kitchens and shelters that will keep you warm and full for an evening), but we are committed to finding real solutions to the current crisis of Mass Homelessness. 

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We believe that solutions to homelessness that are most helpful to homeless people actually come from homeless people themselves, foster self-determination for everyone, stress the need for housing, respect human rights and do not involve criminalization at any step of the project.

 

Homelessness ends with a home, period.

Our Purpose Statement:

We, the Homeless Union of Greensboro are comprised of the homeless community and those who support our cause. We are committed to addressing issues that arise from experiences of homelessness based on the priorities of people experiencing homelessness themselves. No longer will we sit idly by while others make decisions affecting our ability to live and thrive in this city. We have a voice, and a face, and we insist on having a seat at the table when decisions are made which affect people experiencing homelessness in Greensboro and Guilford County.

Our Common Values:


•    Accountable to the priorities of people experiencing homelessness:

People with lived experience of homelessness and poverty are the experts on their own situation and issues that affect their community
•    Where Power Lies: Policy makers and people who make decisions effecting our community should make decisions with people experiencing homelessness rather than for us and should remain accountable to the needs and wants of people experiencing homelessness if they receive any funding for “homeless services”.
•    Unbought and unpaid: We will not accept money or gifts from people or groups that want to control our agenda or our advocacy
•    The criminalization of homelessness is cruel, immoral, costly to tax payers, counterproductive and stupid.
•    Anti-Oppression: We reject all forms of systemic racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, ageism, technocracy and all other forms of oppression that aim to divide poor people’s interests. We all deserve a safe place to stay, free from police harassment, and have our basic needs met.  

 

Our Basic Meeting Agreements


•    We are here to change the system, not tear each other down
•    If you’re in the meeting, you’re in the meeting. Don’t wander around the building or have side conversations
•    One Serving of Food and one Drink at a time
•    One person speaks at a time: the facilitator and stack person will make sure everyone has a chance to voice their opinion
•    No Big “You’s” and no Little “I’s”: we make decisions as equals! 
•    People experiencing homelessness deserve the right to speak for themselves.

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