Time & Location
May 10, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
About the Event
Project Right to Shelter is phase 1 of a larger emerging Project Right to Housing. It demands that our elected officials take immediate action to protect the current homeless population under COVID-19 through temporary placement in hotel rooms, while also pressuring them to pass guaranteed housing legislation into law. Project Right to Housing is being piloted in Cambridge, MA, but it is easily replicable in other local communities across the nation. This project challenges local governments to adopt a housing first model. Once phase 1 is completed successfully then phase 2 will be enacted, which will ensure that all residents are provided with permanent housing within six months of their residence at a hotel or motel. We are at a critical juncture where we have made significant progress on attaining non-congregate shelter for unhoused community members in Cambridge, but while we continue to organize for this demand we are now ready to shift into building out phase 2 of this project.
Project Right to Shelter will not solve every struggle in the homeless community. It does not immediately alleviate the long-term issues that have left them to live on the streets. But it does grant residents protection and dignity in an incredibly vulnerable moment, and it does it in a way that benefits cities and communities. In the long term, through phase 2 of Project Right to Housing, we hope that this project will lead to a greater focus on the provision of housing and building support structures for every resident of our city, state, and country. In the meantime, now is our chance to demonstrate to the world that local communities truly care about all community members.