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Homeless Speakers Bureau FAQ

About the Homeless Speakers Bureau

Real Change’s Homeless Speakers Bureau is a group of homeless and formerly homeless people who speak about their personal experiences with homelessness. Speakers help educate the public, facilitate conversation, and inspire social action. See FAQs, and Speaker Profiles for more information, or request a speaker now.

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Who speaks?

The Real Change’s Homeless Speakers Bureau is made up of individuals who are currently or formerly homeless.

Where do they speak?

The Homeless Speakers Bureau is available to any organization. Speakers are often hosted by schools, faith communities, civic groups, service providers, and businesses.

Why host speakers?

The Homeless Speakers Bureau works to give homeless and very low-income people a voice while educating the public about the real issues facing people who are homeless in their communities. We have a great group of people who are eager to get out there, share their stories, and build meaningful relationships. It is a unique opportunity for audience members as well as for speakers.

How do I request speakers?

Request a speaker here. Speakers may be scheduled two or more weeks in advance of the event. For more information, email or call 206-441-3247 x 205.

How long does an event last?

Speakers are available for 1-2 hour events.

How much does it cost to host speakers?

Host organizations pay a $150 honorarium to Real Change for two speakers. This payment covers $50 for each speaker, plus transportation and logistics.