History

The Washington State Lived Experience Coalition (LEC) was started in 2018 in King County out of a Consumer Advisory Group for the Familiar Faces Initiative, an effort to curb frequent jail visits for folks with complex needs. LEC has since expanded into Pierce, Kitsap, Snohomish, Cowlitz, and Clark Counties. As a BIPOC-led, multi-racial collective, the LEC has a mission to end homelessness in all its forms and is dedicated to undoing systemic and institutional oppression along the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, age, and ability – as examples. The LEC’s leadership and coalition is comprised of over 300 people who are formerly or currently unhoused neighbors, those who have experience with the carceral legal system, and housing justice allies. The LEC knows first-hand the traumatic impact of trying to navigate systems rooted in historically oppressive norms and fraught with power imbalances, territorialism, and fragmentation.”

Our Structure

LEC is a holacracy. We have an Executive Team that makes collective hiring and firing decisions. We have a Leadership Team of about 25 members with bylaws and robust discussion about any major decisions that impact the organization.