In 2005, a coalition of advocacy groups working on homelessness formed a coalition to collaborate across cities and states and advance national policy. They called it WRAP, the Western Regional Advocacy Project. Its director, Paul Boden, joined “Civic” to look back on 15 years of organizing and ensuring that people experiencing homelessness themselves inform research and policy.
“When you’re in a local area especially when you’re doing human rights organizing, you may be popular in other communities. You’re very rarely popular in your own community. Because everybody feels sorry for the homeless unless that person is in their freakin’ doorway. And then all of a sudden that human being becomes a bum.”— Paul Boden