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