AHI began in 2012, as a project under Streetwise Opera, with a showcase called ‘With One Voice’ at the London Cultural Olympiad. 300 performers, who were homeless, came together to show the world their skills and achievements. This project was replicated in Brazil for Rio 2016 and subsequently evolved into a designated movement to bring together the arts and homelessness sectors across the world. This sector is relatively small and fragmented and we realised early on that bringing people together created shared learning, solidarity and a powerful voice.
We are both reactive to the needs of the community, in providing capacity-building, and proactive, in driving policy change and dismantling power structures to enable the voice of homeless people to be heard more strongly.