About NCH

The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists, and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To end and prevent homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights are respected and protected.

We envision a world where everyone has a safe, decent, accessible and affordable home.


NCH affirms the following Guiding Principles/Values:

  1. We can end and prevent homelessness.
  2. People who are currently experiencing or have experienced homelessness must be leaders in all the work of NCH and in the movement to end homelessness.
  3. NCH believes in the dignity of all people: housing, healthy food, quality health care, education and livable incomes are basic human rights.
  4. It is morally, ethically, and legally wrong to discriminate against and criminalize people struggling to meet their basic needs.
  5. Public policy makers and elected officials at all levels must be held accountable to end the systemic and structural causes of homelessness.
  6. Structural racism and discrimination are root causes of homelessness and violates human dignity.
  7. Collaboration between NCH and its diverse stakeholders is critical in directing NCH’s work.


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