Photo by Keiki Alexandra

Since 2009, we have led the effort to educate houseless, formerly houseless, individuals and supporters about their human, civil and constitutional rights.


Our Mission

Right 2 Survive is a group of houseless and formerly houseless individuals and supporters dedicated to teaching about and defending the human, civil and constitutional rights of people experiencing homelessness.

Right 2 Survive was founded in 2009 and is a direct action group that educates both houseless and housed people on their civil, human, and constitutional rights.  We also work to bridge the gap between housed and un-housed people by clearing away misconceptions and stigmas associated with houselessness and empower houseless people to stand up for them selves when their rights are violated. 

Every day right here in the United States, millions of houseless individuals are being denied access to adequate shelter, sanitary restrooms in which to perform basic human functions, the ability to congregate into larger groups for safety while they sleep, and many other things that should be basic human rights.  

The shelter system is overburdened and there are not enough shelter beds to accommodate the houseless population, yet there are laws being passed daily which prohibit people from having a tent or even a tarp to protect them from the elements as they sleep on the street or under bridges.  

Here in Portland, Oregon there is a sit/lie ordinance in effect that prohibits people from sleeping on the sidewalk, in doorways, and even under bridges. 

My home is where my heart is, not bound to walls of brick and mortar.
— Lisa Fay, Chair, Right 2 Survive

What We've Achieved

  • Homeless Bill of Rights
  • Right 2 Dream Too
  • Right 2 Survive Radio
  • Under the Bridge Walk
  • Ambassador Program
  • Media Group
  • Best Graffiti Artist Contest
  • Theater of the Oppressed