Ellen Dailey Award
Ellen 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.
2016: Joanne Guarino and Art Rios!
Bios to come!
2015: Mark Schumann!
Mark Schumann’s nominator says he exemplifies the melding of compassion and passion, and never permits negative experiences to burden his work and or darken his positive perspective. He is not only is active with the local CAB but also sits on the Board of Directors at HCH Baltimore, is the editor of the street newspaper, is active with local organizing groups, is a member with the Speakers Bureau, and sits on the City’s RAD Council (campaigning against the privatization of public housing from the inside). Throughout all this Mark works to confront stereotypes about homelessness and challenges paradigms that reinforce structures of oppression that maintain homelessness and poverty.
2014 : Amy Grassette
Amy Grassette and her family experienced homelessness after 9/11, and even with limited options, she kept her family together and found housing with help from the Homeless Families Program at the Family Health Center of Worcester, MA. Amy gave back to the Family Health Center, beginning as a volunteer and eventually as a full-time employee. Her compassion and personal experience with family homelessness also gave her expertise to serve in various capacities including speaking at a joint congressional briefing on family homelessness. Amy has served as National Consumer Advisory Board (NCAB) Chair and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. She has also been involved with the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP)’s campaign for enact a Homeless Bill of Rights in California.
Ellen Dailey, mother of the HCH Consumer movement, died on June 18. 2006. Her advocacy for justice continues. Read remembrances of Ellen from around the country.