Join us for this Homeless Awareness Presentation that will educate you on the true plight of those who call the streets home. Presented by Homeless Advocate Maurice Young (Picture and Bio below). Sponsored by The Creative Change Project.
As the leading Advocate to eliminate the Criminalization of Homelessness and actively homeless, Young advocates daily for the fair and equal treatment for those who call the streets home. Those principle activities include: Identifying policies and practices that create systemic barriers for the homeless populace; Initiating litigation and/or mediation-arbitration for civil and constitutional rights violations; and lobbying support for the “Indiana Homeless Bill of Rights” by educating, informing and raising awareness to the general public.
In conjunction with his legal activism, Young collaborates with various groups, agencies and organizations to meet the ongoing basic needs of those entering into homelessness together with those underserved within the homeless community. Moreover, securing a safe, legal, well-lit place for the homeless to sleep is the daily priority as well as the top challenge for Young due to local criminalization efforts. Health Care enrollment, is equally important. By secured funds through corporate sponsorship and generous supporters, Young has created access to free medical, dental and vision coverage for the homeless community.
The bulk of Young’s experience and knowledge came as the resident founder and coordinator of the Irish Hill tent camp (aka Tent City). Irish Hill was the largest urban tent community in the Midwest. Lodging over 67 homeless occupants, Irish Hill met the day-to-day needs of all its tenants, guests and visitors. Partnering with many service agencies, faith based groups plus corporate & business entities, the camp successfully transitioned over 200 residents out of homelessness within a 3 year time span. As an extension of the Irish Hill camp, Young opened and operated a winter contingency day room (in 2012-13) called “Our Place.” The center was open 7 days a week from 6am-6pm, serving over 300 homeless individuals and families daily.
Recognizing the obstacles for internal communication, Young has established and launched two primary websites for the homeless community and the community at-large. The first, www.Indymeals.com is a resource that list all the FREE meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner – served in and around the city every day of the week. The second website, www.CreativeChangeProject.com is used for multiple purposes. It’s most significant use is for the awareness and the advancement for our monthly newsletter called – The Voice.
Developed, edited and published by Young, the newsletter circulates approximately 8,000 digital copies per month.
Young’s personal efforts, homeless initiatives and community partnerships have been validated and recognized by three (3) renown documentaries, seven (7) film festival wins (including Best Picture), a 2014 Emmy Award and a prestigious Ted Talk. This exposure has afforded him the privilege of being a highly sought-after presenter and expert on homelessness and the complex systems surrounding the homeless community.
In the course of his research, Young has engaged homeless communities in other major cities including but not limited to – Los Angeles, San Antonio, Chicago, Nashville, Miami and Seattle.