Street Voices of Change (SVoC) are groups of individuals who have current or past personal experiences with homelessness who come together to build community and make positive changes in the lives of people experiencing homelessness and the systems that contribute to and keep people in homelessness.
SVoC started in September of 2016 with a dozen folks in one church and has grown into three overflowing groups that meet weekly at different member congregations of the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness. The groups are a place where people invest in and empower each other to build a loving community that recognizes the trauma of homelessness and seeks to restore dignity in every aspect of the experience.
Street Voices of Change is a place that builds power among people who are too often punished for speaking up for themselves. In large supportive groups, Street Voices members have created spaces where their voice and input are not only heard, but sought out. Working together SVoC, continues to elevate the agency of people experiencing homelessness to positively affect their circumstances.
Elevate the voice of people experiencing homelessness so all are equal partners in shaping the current experience of homelessness and ending it in the future
To build community and create spaces that honor the experiences of homelessness, and work for positive changes towards that experience in Minneapolis and across Minnesota
SHARE: Pass knowledge and experiences to open opportunities for those still in homelessness
EDUCATE: Hear from, and inform, the public and those in positions of power related to homelessness
ADVOCATE: Create positive change in all circles that impact homelessness
FOSTER: Broaden empathy and breakdown stigmas for those experiencing homelessness
SUPPORT: Build loving communities that honor, empower, and lift-up the experiences of homelessness
TRANSFORM: Empower everyone experiencing homelessness to find and keep stable housing