Ellen Dailey Award 2013

Ellen DaileyEllen Dailey was many things, including a person who experienced homelessness. Ellen used this experience to champion the unique voice of those experiencing homelessness and the right of all people to play a role in the decisions affecting their lives. She was instrumental in starting the Consumer Advisory Board in Boston and the National Consumer Advisory Board (NCAB). The movement to involve consumers in the provision of services owes her much gratitude.

Ellen fought tirelessly for the rights of other people experiencing homelessness. Her commanding presence made it easy for people to get to know her and take her seriously. Ellen was one of the first people that consumers met coming to the National HCH Conference and made consumers feel welcome. She encouraged consumers to share their experiences of homelessness, to improve services to fit the needs of those they served, and to advocate for accessible health care and affordable housing.

When Ellen passed, the NCAB Steering Committee felt that her legacy should continue. The award that bears her name is meant to honor her memory and her efforts advocating for persons experiencing homelessness.

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council would like to congratulate the 2013 winner:  Marianne Malott!

Marianne Malott

Marianne Malott is an amazing woman. She was a long-haul truck driver for a good portion of her adult life, until her health caused her to lose her employment and became homeless. Marianne was homeless for 12 years and lived in her pick-up truck on the property of the church she belongs to. In the midst of her hardships, she maintained her determination to go back to school to get her degree in social work. Marianne obtained her bachelor’s degree while homeless and living in her truck, sometimes doing her homework by the glow of a flashlight attached to her rearview mirror. She managed this while having no income, SNAP benefits, or health insurance.

Marianne was finally approved for Social Security benefits, health insurance, and SNAP benefits, and moved into her own apartment a little over 2 years ago.

In addition to her tireless advocacy on behalf of the homeless in her community, Marianne also served as a Member-At-Large of the Steering Committee of the National Consumer Advisory Board for the Health Care for the Homeless Council.