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Michael Stoops

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We are sad to report that Michael Stoops, Director of Community Organizing, is on medical leave as of June 10, 2015. We ask that Michael’s privacy be respected during this difficult time.

Michael and MitchMichael has been a driving force towards ending homelessness for more than 30 years. He has touched so many lives in his tireless work on behalf of those experiencing extreme poverty.

We also ask for your patience as our responses to inquiries about NCH programs and activities may be delayed.

 

#Heart4TheHomeless

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This is the power of the men and women of the Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau:

In February, the 6th Grade class of Alice Deal Middle School, here in Washington, DC, listened to T. Sanders and John Harrison talk about their experiences with homelessness.  T with her Master’s Degree and John, a clean-cut soft-spoken man, do not fit the stereotype of someone who is homeless. They are both eloquent and motivational speakers, and boy did they motivate.

#Heart4TheHomelessEvery year, students at Alice Deal Middle School dedicate one day near the end of the year to giving back. The students decide what they’d like to do for the day, often volunteering for a low-income meal program or environmental project.

For the last several months, 6th grade students have been working with local homeless advocates to plan a rally in support of a measure that would add housing status to Washington, DC’s anti-discrimination ordinance.

Says one student,

‘I want it to be a chance for the community to stand up for someone more. For people to actually do something.’ Has this project motivated the students to work for homeless rights in the future? ‘Absolutely.’

The rally will be held at Freedom Plaza in downtown DC, Wednesday, June 3rd at 10am.

Stay tuned to Facebook/Twitter/Instagram for more on #Heart4TheHomeless.

Putting our heads together to find the Criminalization of Homelessness

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Thirty eight grassroots organizations from around the nation gathered in Denver last week to discuss the criminalization of homelessness. NCH helped fundraise for the event, one of the largest strategy sessions with our field partners in many years. A growing trend of criminalization laws have made it illegal for homeless people to eat, sleep or even ask for help. As a consequence, those who inhabit public spaces have their lives constantly interrupted by law enforcement, racking up arrest records for petty crimes that exist only as penalties for being homeless. Advocates came away from the Denver strategy session with renewed energy to fight these policies and protect the civil rights of those experiencing homelessness.

Advocates from across the country show their fighting spirit

Advocates from across the country show their fighting spirit

 

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