Storytelling - Empowerment - Leadership - Engagement

Speak Up is a curriculum empowering supportive housing residents to become community leaders. Through monthly workshops, one-on-one coaching, public speaking at community events and advocacy with elected officials, Speak Up advocates develop skills to reclaim their lived-experience stories as messages of hope to create change.

Become a CSH Speak Up! Coach

Storytellers can provide a unique contribution to ending homelessness.

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of SpeakUp! Indiana!
SpeakUp! Indiana is a first of its kind program that pairs artists and storytellers with people with lived experience of homelessness for a life-changing experience. We are accepting applications for SpeakUp! Indiana Coaches. Coaches play a key role in the Speak Up! program, sharing their skills and mentorship with new advocates who have experience of homelessness.

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Latest Speak Up! News

CSH Annual Report: Through the Lived Experience Lens

CSH has been elevating individuals and families with lived experience for years now, ensuring they become community leaders and advocates for supportive housing across the country. Their stories of triumph over the traumas of housing instability, unnecessary institutionalization, addiction, severe medical and mental health disabilities, neglect and stigma, are inspirations and testimonies to the ability of supportive housing to move people from just surviving to openly thriving in our communities. As we take stock in the progress we made throughout 2018, our Annual Report tells our shared story of achievement through the eyes and voice of CSH SpeakUp! Advocate Frank Ybarra.

Speaking Up in the Community

Congress Woman Waters
Capitol Hill 2016
Home Walk 2017
Everyone In
Speak Up Graduation

Speaking Up in the Community

CSH has helped thousands of Americans live with stability, autonomy and dignity. Get to know our supportive housing advocates in these videos.

Vikki's Story

Kirk's Story

Zondre's Story