Field Placement: 9to5 Colorado (Denver, Colorado)
Michelle’s field placement was at 9to5 Colorado, a national non-profit that organizes low-wage working-women to fight for economic justice through advocacy and leadership development. Michelle worked on several campaigns and developed community outreach, story collecting, and capacity building skills. She worked on the Raise the Minimum Wage Campaign, where she developed trainings and prepared canvassers to conduct outreach in low-income communities. Michelle also directed outreach and interviewed low-income women of color to identify the ways in which policies regarding low-wage jobs and public benefits can be improved to better serve them and their families. Lastly, she worked alongside the housing organizer and grassroots-housing table to begin an eviction defense campaign.
Hunger Free Community Report:
The Eviction Defense Toolkit was created to serve Denver County residents who are currently experiencing or at-risk of eviction. The toolkit includes resources to prevent evictions, tools for improving landlord-tenant relationships, and tips for navigating eviction proceedings.
Policy Placement: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (Washington, DC)
Michelle conducted research for the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty’s “Housing Not Handcuffs” campaign. She built case studies of the localities that implemented effective homelessness and housing policies across the nation by researching and interviewing with advocates, politicians, downtown associations, and direct service providers. This experience has reinforced the importance of housing for economic stability and revealed the various stakeholders involved in the link between housing and homelessness.