Pehchan started as a people-lead homeless rights initiative in 2011, which mobilized and brought together almost 5000 homeless citizens of Mumbai, under the banner of Beghar Adhikar Abhiyan (Initiative for the Rights of the Homeless) spearheaded by social activist, Brijesh Arya. It was soon realized that the homeless were not looking for social welfare dole-outs but wanted to be able to stand on their own feet and claim their rights. Drawing on this understanding, the initiative evolved and has taken on the form of an organization constantly drawing on community dialogue. The peoples’ initiative remains the central pillar of Pehchan, and specific empowerment activities have been designed around it.Our grassroots network is extremely strong, and organizational policies are developed based on the constant feedback we receive from the people. We take every step to not be seen as an outside entity providing welfare, but a means for people to empower themselves.