The National Coalition for the Homeless sponsors many educational and organizing projects, special campaigns, and annual events. We work to empower homeless people, whose voices are essential to the public policy debate.
Homelessness and the 2016 Presidential Campaign
You Don't Need a Home to Vote
Equal access to the right to vote is a crucial part of maintaining a true democracy. Voting allows people to play a part in deciding the direction of their communities by voicing their opinion on issues that are important and relevant to their lives. However, each election, low income and homeless individuals vote at a lower rate than people with higher incomes, despite the fact that many policy decisions directly impact people who are economically disadvantaged.
Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign
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Homeless Bill of Rights
Homeless Bills of Rights serve as legislative commitments to social equality and demonstrates a nationwide, collaborative effort in ending homelessness. The National Coalition for the Homeless supports the work of local groups working to pass bills that reaffirm homeless individuals' civil liberties.
Protecting the Right to Share Food
Food-sharing restrictions refer to the legislative actions taken by cities to limit how, where, and how often groups/individuals may share food with people experiencing homelessness. Most commonly, these restrictions impose strict regulations over the use of public spaces. They might require the a group to purchase a permit, which can vary in cost and availability. While these may seem like reasonable requests, they are often associated with significant costs and a lot of red tape, which can be deterring to many potential volunteers and service organizations.
Hate Crimes and Violence Prevention
Hate crimes and violence against people experiencing homelessness has become widespread. Over the last 17 years, at least 1,657 people experiencing homelessness have been the victims of violence perpetrated for the sole reason that they were unhoused at the time. Attacks range from beatings with golf clubs to the setting a man on fire while sleeping. As a result of these attacks, 428 men and women have lost their lives for being homeless, and in the wrong place at the wrong time.