Sunday, September 10 | 12:00p – 2:00p | FREE
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | 77 Forest Street, Hartford
If rain prevents the outdoor event, it will be moved into the Visitor Center Classroom or the Day House Parlor.
This is a storytelling event organized with the Black Infinity Collective, Nonprofit Accountability Group, and Connecticut Renews that aims to raise awareness about housing injustice and combat harmful stereotypes about homelessness. Speakers will share their experiences of housing emergencies, local organizations will discuss the work and advocacy they are involved in, and attendees will be able to share their stories, learn about resources, and get involved with organizations to be part of the solution working towards ending the housing crisis.
Three speakers will share their experiences with housing injustice and navigating emergency housing systems. Through personal narrative, we amplify the voices which are usually excluded on the journey from experience to policy. Representatives from local organizations and advocates will discuss their work, available resources, legislative actions, and the connection between housing and health and environment. Attendees will be invited to share their experiences if they wish, learn about resources and connect with services, and get involved with advocacy work.
The grounds will offer a variety of seating options, including blankets on the ground and chairs already set up. We hope the outside setting and “picnic” style seating will create a comfortable atmosphere. Soft music, that will not interfere with the tours and offerings of either the Stowe Center or the Mark Twain House, will play at the beginning and end of the event as well as between speakers, to contribute to a welcoming atmosphere.