Someone raised a great question in the comments on the last blog: how would a bunch of middle-class do-gooders going 'homeless' for a week do anything to help the homeless? I thought it was a good question.
We will ‘be’ homeless in order to:
identify (we want to know first hand some of the realities that face the homeless everyday).
solidarity (we want to align ourselves ‘with’ the homeless).
proximity (we want to tear down barriers/stereotypes and judgements that keep us apart).
voice (we want to create a means so people who find themselves homeless can speak for themselves).
awareness (we want others to pay attention to the problem in our cities and districts in order to affect change).