Working with the expertise of people with lived/living experience, BEAP will be focused both on immediate and long-term/durable outcomes, such as:

  • Supporting everyone to stretch and challenge themselves in ways that feel doable and satisfying.
  • Removing garbage and better understanding and reducing conditions that lead to garbage build-up.
  • Partnering with individuals to reduce the incidence and/or cost of property crimes, and to better understand and reduce the underlying conditions that contribute to property crime.
  • Reducing “blight” and/or counteracting “blight” with “beauty.” (E.g. We may not immediately be able to support homeless people to store shopping carts in places that aren’t inconvenient to others, but we may be able to find ways to make this storage less off-putting for others while working on having better places for homeless people to store their belongings.)
  • Reducing loitering or the negative effects of loitering. (E.g. We may not be able to stop people from congregating/camping in places where they feel safe, but which are inconvenient to others; but by building better relationships between people, everyone may grow a bit more flexible and the environment may feel more-friendly and less-tense as we work toward people having safe places to congregate/live that aren’t as inconvenient to others.)
  • Supporting win-win situations, where possible. (E.g. “Binners” can often find valuables or recyclables in trash bins, which can support them financially, as well as reduce landfill. Especially if they feel they have good relationships with businesses or residents whose bins they go through, it may be more likely that they will actually leave the space cleaner than they found it.)