Throughout this Fellowship, KB (she/her/hers) will focus on unhoused rights and stable housing access via an unhoused jail support hotline, holistic legal aid, and community collaboration.
Nationally, unhoused individuals are 11 times more likely to be arrested than housed individuals. These arrests are disproportionately for nonviolent or procedural offenses such as sleeping on private property or missing court. People who are Black, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, and/or disabled are disproportionately targeted by this criminalization. The collateral consequences of these arrests can be monumental, causing impacted individuals to lose their employment, housing voucher, or child custody.
KB has worked alongside the unhoused community in St. Louis for almost seven years, distributing supplies weekly and during emergency weather. She was inspired to apply for a Design-Your-Own Equal Justice Works Fellowship because of her experiences working on a tenant advocacy hotline, opening volunteer-run emergency winter shelters, and supporting unhoused tent communities organizing against displacement.
KB’s project will build on St. Louis’ strong network of housing and abolition activism to provide a rapid response to unhoused arrests via a jail support hotline. She will also work alongside unhoused communities to combat criminalization laws, reduce the collateral consequences of incarceration, and pursue pathways to housing via holistic legal aid and Know Your Rights trainings.
I am passionate about this project because I strongly believe in the St. Louis community. By partnering with community organizations and movement leaders, I hope to support the work already being done by unhoused activists and to continue the fight for housing as a human right.
KB Doman /
2023 Equal Justice Works Fellow