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Lived Experience Training Academy (LETA)

LETA is a program developed by NCH to equip people with lived experience of homelessness to embrace leadership roles and transform public policy to be more inclusive.

Soon we will be launching a curriculum for People with Lived Experience and Expertise (PLEE) of homelessness to more fully participate in advocacy work to end homelessness.

Lived Experience is defined as “personal knowledge about the world gained through direct, first-hand involvement in everyday events rather than through representations constructed by other people.” It is also defined as “the experience of people on whom a social issue or combination of issues has had a direct impact.” (SPRC, 2022)

LETA topics and themes were developed after a series of national focus group interviews with PLEE. These topic areas include:

  • Technology Literacy
  • Wellness and Self-Care
  • History of Homelessness
  • Communication
  • Financial Literacy
  • Organizing and Advocacy

Interconnected themes are woven into each core topic:

  • Transformative Leadership
  • Legal Connections
  • Trauma-Informed Care and Healing
  • Public Policy
  • Key Vocabulary
  • Extended Learning Resources

Keep an eye out here to learn more or take part when the curriculum is available.

Need Help?

Find information and resources if
  • You or your family is currently homeless
  • You or your family is in danger of becoming homeless


Find more information on topics ranging from Criminalization to How to Get Involved:
  • Reports
  • Manuals
  • Factsheets

Take Action

Be a part of the solution:
  • Donate
  • Organize
  • Advocate
  • Volunteer
  • Request a Speaker


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