for Homeless America
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Advocacy

Working with the Community

Homelessness is a solvable problem.

We believe that homelessness is a solvable problem, and that ending homelessness is not determined by a shortage of effective strategies or even a lack of money.  The Helen Hudson Foundation is committed to bringing all stakeholders together - service providers, constituents, government, business, landlords, foundations and citizens - to prioritize permanent housing and supportive services to the most vulnerable among us.

The Helen Hudson Foundation is working to build collaboration around the Housing First model along with targeted, data-driven solutions to effectively end homelessness. In Rhode Island, we work closely with the RI Coalition for the Homeless, the Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, philanthropic organizations, constituents, and community organizations.

The Foundation also lends support to other causes that serve the homeless or work to reduce homelessness, such as the “Vote Yes on 7” campaign, a successful 2016 effort to win approval from Rhode Island voters for a $50 million affordable housing bond.      

Becoming an effective advocate means understanding how stories can best be used to promote social change. In this age of social media and the internet, organizing is taking new forms.  Therefore, we began working with the Engaged Scholars Program at Brown University to investigate how stories and performance can be effectively used to educate and mobilize for social change. 

For more information, contact us at shudgins@councilofchurchesri.org .

The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way...people look at reality, then you can change it.
— James Baldwin