Fri, Feb 17|
Joe Maxx Coffee - Denver
Leveraging homelessness, food justice, and other social justice causes for greater impact.
Time & Location
Feb 17, 2023, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Joe Maxx Coffee - Denver, 869 Santa Fe Dr N, Denver, CO 80204, USA
About the event
Food System Hackers PBC
Homelessness is a complex challenge that requires many stakeholders bringing lots of resources to the table to succeed. Far too often homeless initiatives ignore these complexities, believing that merely slapping tiny homes onto some land will solve everything. My intent is to spotlight the various issues involved in reducing chronic homelessness sustainably, and to share strategies for developing collaborative programs that address many needs at once as a "one stop shop" solution. Components should include at a minimum food access, tools and education focused on food security and healthy lifestyles, skills training and certification programs to reintegrate residents into the job market, social worker support including mental health, and access to other community resources including proximity to the housing projects and public transit options.
I will present topics for discussion and moderate the overall event, while focusing on drawing out expertise and opinions from attendees. I want to do a poll regarding residential needs and expectations to create a commonality between those who need help and those who wish to provide assistance, to ensure that everyone has a better understanding of the complexities involved in homelessness reduction centered on a social justice model.