Peer advice helps prevent homelessness and build communities:
WHAT: Effective advice on dealing with housing problems and preventing homelessness can be delivered by people who have faced homelessness themselves. A trained network of peer advisors puts problem solving resources directly into the community.
HOW: We invest in resident empowerment and peer-led resource networks.
- The success of our initial grant to Community Solutions in Brownsville, NY to support a resident Housing Specialist catalyzed the expansion of the program, preventing 63 evictions in one year alone and addressing a myriad of other housing issues. Training these residents put housing expertise into the hands of the community.
- Butler funded St. Mungo’s Peer Advice Link (PAL) to help newly housed people retain housing. PAL volunteers have been homeless and now live independently. They share their experiences and provide advice to help others make a smooth transition. PAL’s data shows 90% of its participants retain their housing for at least 12 months.
Seed capital helps end mandatory life sentences without parole for kids:
WHAT: We support work to end extreme sentencing for youth, including the sentence of juvenile life without the possibility of parole (JLWOP).
HOW: We invest in national and state campaigns to end JWLOP. Our seed capital for the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and support for the Equal Justice initiative helped lay the groundwork for the Supreme Court’s decision that declared mandatory JLWOP sentences to be unconstitutional. Work continues to limit non-mandatory JLWOP.