LEC's Goals and Commitments

Our Mission

The Washington State Lived Experience Coalition is a diverse group of people who are coming together to lift each other up, advocate for ourselves and others, and advance race and social justice. We work beyond oppressive structures by unifying our voices and efforts to dismantle multi system barriers impacting people who are experiencing homelessness, involvement in the justice system, face unmet behavioral health needs, and/or fleeing violence or emotional/psychological victimization.

We honor the diverse cultures and beliefs of our members. We treat the spaces where we gather as sacred places where no one is thrown away, where everyone is safe, and where everyone belongs – including children, youth, families, and individual adults.

We work beyond oppressive structures by unifying our voices, speaking truth to power, and working together to dismantle multisystem barriers impacting people who are experiencing homelessness and involvement in the criminal justice system, face unmet behavioral health needs, and/or fleeing violence or emotional/psychological victimization.

Our Goals

  1. Work beyond silos by unifying our voices and efforts
  2. Move from a paternalistic funder- and provider-driven system to one that is led by communities most impacted
  3. Inform current efforts underway to develop a more equitable homelessness system that shares power with communities most impacted (Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander)
  4. Create innovative pathways to economic empowerment (workforce development and other non-traditional opportunities)
  5. We, people with lived experience and allies, support our collective growth and empowerment with dignity, compassion, and radical collaboration (transparency and willingness to share information freely to keep each other informed).
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Serving our community and restoring hope.

74288
Households Experiencing Homelessness
28229
Permanently Housed Status
7429
Return To Homelessness
189
Average length of stays