The WE CAN Project entails employing Unsheltered Ambassadors who will be fully trained, supported, and paid to do Environmental Justice support and advocacy around Recycling Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development in Stockton California...
1. To center the unsheltered experience as the expertise that will inform future policy.
2. To build capacity amongst the unsheltered to develop economic cooperatives to sustain network building that allows entrance into broader resources…
3. To raise public awareness and advocacy around the importance of unsheltered folks' role as allies in Environmental Justice and to view economic injustice as the root cause of environmental injustice.
The WE CAN Project is collaborative by design and engages multiple stakeholders; and expresses, in both design and intent, a commitment to building a more inclusive, equitable, and impactful environmental movement.
● California leads the Nation in the number of homeless residents with 115,738 people experiencing homelessness at some point (21% of nations total). ● California also leads the Nation in the number and ratio of chronically homeless residents with 29,178 chronically homeless residents at any point in time (31% of nations total).
● California has 10,416 homeless youth (28% of nations total).
● Homelessness affects multiple systems in California
The lack of recycling in U.S. cities creates devastating impacts for poor people of color locally and globally, with possibly the worst impacts coming from homeless camps themselves. The daily practice of surviving unsheltered creates pollution, poor hygiene, and vulnerability to COVID 19.
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