Anitra Freeman was homeless when she was recruited to the Real Change editorial committee by Wes Browning in 1996. With a background in computer programming and in writing workshops, Anitra was soon leading workshops in writing and computer skills for vendors and other homeless adults. Anitra is also among the founders of Nickelsville and is proud to learn recently that what she had proposed be the first and only rule remains, as Rule 12: “Don’t do stupid stuff.” Anitra lives in the International District and enjoys reading, writing, and gardening. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Low Income Housing Institute; is President of the Board of Directors of Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (SHARE); and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Women’s Housing Equality & Enhancement League (WHEEL), a grassroots organizing project of homeless and formerly homeless women. Anitra joined the Real Change Board of Directors in 2009.