At "Life University", people experiencing homelessness can learn personal self-care skills, professional development skills, and housing and life skills. Classes can be taught by service providers, community members/mentors, and other people experiencing homelessness. Classes can be hosted in underused spaces that are temporarily repurposed for pop-up classes.
People stay emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy through learning, and increasing self-efficacy, self-care, self worth, coping skills, and mindfulness.
People are able to self-resolve their homelessness through gaining skills, connections, development of support networks, and creating/identifying opportunities.
People are better at maintaining housing and jobs because they have the skills to integrate into society.
Volunteer opportunities for community members are more meaningful when they can connect with people experiencing homelessness through teaching of skills.
We asked members of Austin's Homelessness Advisory Committee to participate in a poster activity where they came up with possible classes they'd like to see at Life University. Here are some of their ideas: