Quick Q’s with Nyasha Dixon of Save A Homeless Homie

Who is Nyasha Dixon?
Some may know her as being a sought after model in the Baltimore fashion scene working with artists like Glenford Nunez, Sean Scheidt and Bishme R. Cromartie.  Some may know her for her community efforts working for organizations like Americorps, Youth Empowered Society (YES) and Hope Forward.
“I, Nyasha Dixon, am Baltimore based social enterprise entrepreneur,” Dixon said. I foster a plethora of talents and interests ranging from within the arts to the sciences such as, but not limited to: (i.) entertainment & media concepts, ideas, screen treatments, strory lines, plots, characters; (ii.) grant proposals, research and development, designs, specifications, interactive features, content sharing models; (iii.) business models, revenue sharing strategies, operating policies and procedures, and marketing strategies.”

Earlier this month, Nyasha Dixon was illegally evicted by the City of Baltimore from her dwelling she called home.  Now, she is raising funds in order to support other homeless youth and young adults in Baltimore City: Save A Homeless Homie.  She wants to raise $62,000 to purchase a tiny house from Tiny Heirloom. Once housed, she would like to be able to tell the stories of various homeless youth as well as young adults in order to create awareness and raise funds to get those individuals housed.

What inspired you to start Save A Homeless Homie?

My inspirations in life come from that which I’m passionate about.  I’m passionate about love. Love is the root of all that’s beautiful in the world. Regardless of the type of work I do or who I do it for I want my work to become a part of our history, to enter our collective memory and our collective consciousness. I hope to serve reminders of our past tragedies and encourage every day people to stand for something.

 

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I’m specifically passionate about serving homeless youth and young adults because I believe like Kofi Annan that, “Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If however, they are left on society’s margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have the opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies”.

What are your main goals for Save A Homeless Homie? 

Save A Homeless Homie
Mission: To build tiny homes with & for unaccompanied homeless youth & young adults.
Vision: To obtain community controlled land ownership rights to establish a trust that ensures every residents housing.
Through Save A Homeless Homie, unaccompanied homeless youth and young adults will have the opportunity to learn about carpentry, electricity, and plumbing while attaining organizational and interpersonal skills. I also hope to create a greater awareness to the growing issue of youth and young adult homelessness in Baltimore City.

 

Tiny House by Tiny Heirloom
Tiny House by Tiny Heirloom

How can people contribute beyond the Save A Homeless Homie site? 

I need people with carpentry, electrical, and plumbing skills to volunteer as Team Build Captains to lead the education around how to build the tiny homes and then lead small groups of homeless youth and young adults in such construction. I also need administrative support, preferably from a fiscal sponsor that isn’t going to cost an arm, leg, and my first born. I also will be reaching out to potential sponsors is the near future that may be able to provide necessary building materials and equipment.

 

Photo by Giancarlo Valentine Photography: Nyasha Dixon
Photo by Giancarlo Valentine Photography: Nyasha Dixon

Anything else you like to share? 

According to Health Care for the Homeless, an organization that provides direct services to the homeless in Baltimore City, at least 3,000 people will experience homelessness on any given night in Baltimore City.

 

Contribute and learn about Save A Homeless Homie: https://life.indiegogo.com/fundraisers/save-a-homeless-homie

 

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