Since 2009, we have led the charge in educating both houseless and housed people on their civil, human and constitutional rights. We work to bridge the gap between housed and un-housed people by clearing up misconceptions and stigmas associated with houselessness and empower houseless people to stand up for themselves when their rights are violated.


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.

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. 


Our vision

Our goal is to empower the un-sheltered, the disenfranchised, those of color, oppressed minorities, those who are being treated like criminals because of their poverty.

Our goal is to use the legal process as much as possible to obtain use of public lands, buildings and resources for the purpose of helping people (not corporations and the politically favored).

Our goal is to proclaim and protect the rights of those who capitalism has left behind.

Our goal is to facilitate creative use of under-utilized private spaces and resources for the purpose of getting people off the streets.

Our goal is to shine a light on the abuses of police as they abuse the homeless and poor.

Our goal is to force government to waste less and to get real about helping those who have become capitalism’s refugees.

Our goal is to form, bartering, green communities! When government would treat us like animals (and they are), then it is our right to care for ourselves. It is our duty to do so in a ‘do no harm’ manner, as much as possible.

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

What We've Achieved

  • Homeless Bill of Rights

  • Campaign Creating Right 2 Rest Legislation

  • 2011, Created an Inner City Rest Area

  • Pitch-A-Tent Annual Event

  • Right 2 Survive Radio

  • Right 2 Survive Television

  • United States Social Forum to San Jose and Northwest Social Forum to Portland. Portland brought 9 Assemblies on different issues together to bring a combined message to the USSF in San Jose.

  • Right 2 Survive cohosted two Spirit of Portland cruises to educate the houseless about the toxin in the river and safety when utilizing space, fishing or other life sustaining they do directly with the river.

  • We have fish advisories in many different languages as to how much fish can be consumed, who should not eat the fish and how to prepare fish safely.

Special Projects

Active defence of houseless folks rights against hate group manifestos and reactionary groups like Enough Is Enough

Response Initiatives Against BIDs

No on Measure 103 and 104

Passage of the Homeless Bill of Rights Bill

Research on the Resting Safe project - See our recent blog by Lisa Fay - Chair

Natural Resource Area Training

Trauma Informed Care training for natural resource professionals

Pay for stewardship work pilot

Beautification for people living in boats

Toolbox development

Advocates College

Sweeps Mapping Project

Resource Development Plan (Fundraising)

Wapato Response Initiative

See the Projects page on our Website for additional R2S works

For more information on these or other work by R2S please don't hesitate to contact us on our website here. Chico

  • Under the Bridge Walk

  • Ambassador Program

  • Media Group

  • Best Graffiti Artist Contest

  • Educational Forums and Workshops

  • Pitch a Tent and Community participation in the cleanup of the willamette river Superfund site.

  • R2S consults grassroots organizations on creation, conduct and structure of rest areas/ tiny house communities across the nation. R2S advises groups to navigate through policy issues and local laws.