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Picture the Homeless
2427 Morris Avenue
Bronx NY 10468
Phone:(646) 314-6423

The Homeless Organizing Academy is a series of FREE weekly trainings, open to all homeless and formerly-homeless people, designed for them to get the skills and experience they'll need to fight for justice—and pursue employment as community organizers!

Classes are taught by Picture the Homeless staff, PTH members, and guest instructors with expertise and experience in each topic.

Everyone is welcomed regardless of experience! Refreshments and Metrocard provided.

Schedule: Varies

Location: 2427 Morris Avenue (between 184th Street and Fordham Road) in the Bronx.

Directions By Train: 4 Train to Fordham Rd or D trains to Fordham Rd.

For More Information or to RSVP call (646) 314-6423 or email Marie Laport at marie@picturethehomeless.org. Download/print/share the February 2012 calendar.



“I more or less consider this a job training program. The whole purpose of the Academy is that homeless people need to know what organizing is about—how to work with the people we see every day.”

—Maria Walles
Student, Homeless Organizing Academy





~ letter writing / public speaking

~ peer outreach

~ history of homeless organizing

~ cold calls & phone banking

~ meeting with a campaign target

~ basic photo & video skills

~ basic & advanced email, word processing, online research

"The Homeless Organizing Academy has created opportunity for folks who did not understand the role and focus and work of community organizing. It has educated folks in how to work with their community to make change. Now we know how to work with politicians, to hold them to their promises. Now we know how to write a letter, and who to write it to, and how to understand policies and policy-makers, and how to get the assistance we need—including organizing protests and showing up on their doorstep."

—Arvernetta Henry
Student, Homeless Organizing Academy

We will be constantly posting updates about the Homeless Organizing Academy to our BLOG. For upcoming classes, student testimonials, links to our educational readings, and complete trainings suitable for adaption.

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