OWH is a community of homeless people and their allies in Madison organizing around the root causes of homelessness. We are fighting for affordable housing, jobs, and an end to the criminalization of poverty.
We are homeless and formerly homeless, low and no-income, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people working in collaboration with community allies in Madison, WI.
We work to hold agencies and institutions accountable to addressing the root causes of homelessness, rather than putting band-aids on the problem.
We believe our community needs self-determination, not just services!
We all deserve to have our basic needs met and power over the decisions that affect our lives.
We want, need, and welcome support, but we want solidarity not charity!
We want allies to work shoulder to shoulder with us in the struggle to change the system. We know that we- not officials or ‘altruists’- are the experts on our situation, and demand that we speak for ourselves and have a voice in all decisions that affect our lives!