MDIMH changes lives by making sure people experiencing homelessness with companion animals never have to choose between housing and family.

About My Dog Is My Home

MDIMH exists to keep individuals experiencing homelessness and their pets together. For these families, home means more than a roof over their heads. We understand the power of the human-animal connection, and we believe that all shelters in every city should open their doors to people and their pets.

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MDIMH Statement on Coronavirus:

Dear Supporters and Allies,

Throughout our communities and across the globe we are currently facing unprecedented levels of risk, fear, and disruption due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. As an organization whose mission it is to increase support and access to services for the most vulnerable in our communities, the disproportionate impact this virus has on elderly, unsheltered, and immunocompromised individuals is particularly worrisome.

We recognize it is not only our responsibility as healthy and sheltered individuals to protect our community through voluntary self-isolation and social distancing, but that as an organization we have a continued responsibility to shine light on the needs of individuals experiencing homeless during this time and the impact COVID-19 will have on our houseless neighbors.

For this population, COVID-19 is not just a scheduling inconvenience, but a life or death situation.

In light of the significant impact of this pandemic on our most vulnerable community members, we encourage homeless service providers to make plans to address the companion animals of clients who are experiencing health emergencies. Each day we are learning new ways of supporting each other and our communities during this crisis. While official guidance is limited, the Co-sheltering Collaborative is a free peer-to-peer network that can support shelters that are making plans to best serve clients with companion animals. We encourage you to send an email to collaborative@mydogismyhome.org to join.

Additionally, we stand in solidarity with individuals without paid sick-leave, individuals that work in the service industry, small business owners, healthcare workers, those without health insurance, social workers, shelter staff, and many more individuals and families that will suffer economically, socially, and physically during this time.

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- MDIMH Statement on Coronavirus: Dear Supporters and Allies, Throughout our communities and across the globe we are currently facing unprecedented levels of risk, fear, and disruption due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. As an organization whose mission it is to increase support and access to services for the most vulnerable in our communities, the disproportionate impact this virus has on elderly, unsheltered, and immunocompromised individuals is particularly worrisome. We recognize it is not only our responsibility as healthy and sheltered individuals to protect our community through voluntary self-isolation and social distancing, but that as an organization we have a continued responsibility to shine light on the needs of individuals experiencing homeless during this time and the impact COVID-19 will have on our houseless neighbors. For this population, COVID-19 is not just a scheduling inconvenience, but a life or death situation. In light of the significant impact of this pandemic on our most vulnerable community members, we encourage homeless service providers to make plans to address the companion animals of clients who are experiencing health emergencies. Each day we are learning new ways of supporting each other and our communities during this crisis. While official guidance is limited, the Co-sheltering Collaborative is a free peer-to-peer network that can support shelters that are making plans to best serve clients with companion animals. We encourage you to send an email to collaborative@mydogismyhome.org to join. Additionally, we stand in solidarity with individuals without paid sick-leave, individuals that work in the service industry, small business owners, healthcare workers, those without health insurance, social workers, shelter staff, and many more individuals and families that will suffer economically, socially, and physically during this time. Continued in comments
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Happy #FrequentlyAskedFriday! We are back this week to answer the question, “Does focusing on accessible shelter really help solve homelessness?”
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As we all know, homelessness is a widespread issue with many root causes and just as many unique solutions. For this reason, we believe there is no one way to “solve” homelessness, it instead requires collaboration along with many stakeholders including the government, nonprofits, independent advocates and community members.
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At My Dog Is My Home we see that individuals have a better chance of obtaining permanent housing if they are given access to temporary shelter, resources, and support. Our focus is on creating a more equitable system by making services accommodating for a broader population of people, the populations we focus on are individuals and families with pets.
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We feel if everyone has the same chance at accessing services, there is a better likelihood of more people being able to free themselves from the cycle of chronic homelessness. The barriers to shelter keep people where they are at, without adequate resources and without permanent homes. This is why we at My Dog Is My Home are dedicated to the expansion of access and the creation of spaces for families of all kinds.
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We can not solve homelessness on our own, but we certainly can work to contribute towards the sustainable solutions to end our homelessness crisis with advocates like you on our side.
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•[Image description: Two women are talking on the sidewalk outside a street clinic, the woman facing the camera is holding an adorable cream-colored Pomeranian, while the other woman faces her.]•
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- Happy #FrequentlyAskedFriday! We are back this week to answer the question, “Does focusing on accessible shelter really help solve homelessness?” . As we all know, homelessness is a widespread issue with many root causes and just as many unique solutions. For this reason, we believe there is no one way to “solve” homelessness, it instead requires collaboration along with many stakeholders including the government, nonprofits, independent advocates and community members. . At My Dog Is My Home we see that individuals have a better chance of obtaining permanent housing if they are given access to temporary shelter, resources, and support. Our focus is on creating a more equitable system by making services accommodating for a broader population of people, the populations we focus on are individuals and families with pets. . We feel if everyone has the same chance at accessing services, there is a better likelihood of more people being able to free themselves from the cycle of chronic homelessness. The barriers to shelter keep people where they are at, without adequate resources and without permanent homes. This is why we at My Dog Is My Home are dedicated to the expansion of access and the creation of spaces for families of all kinds. . We can not solve homelessness on our own, but we certainly can work to contribute towards the sustainable solutions to end our homelessness crisis with advocates like you on our side. . •[Image description: Two women are talking on the sidewalk outside a street clinic, the woman facing the camera is holding an adorable cream-colored Pomeranian, while the other woman faces her.]• . . . #homelessness #homeless #losangeles #skidrow #california #nonprofit #charity #streetphotography #poverty #dtla #community #communityservice #la #volunteering #volunteer #housing #america #helpthehomeless #newyorkcity #giveback #perserverance #loveoneanother #newyork #skidrowcleanup #onelove #hope #peace #changemakers #bayarea
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