Internship Summary: The Grassroots Organizing Project Intern will work remotely until after the pandemic. This individual will develop a directory of organizations led by those with previous or current experience with homelessness. The goal is to help organize and tap their valuable experience to improve the US response to homelessness. The intern will assist with researching and making contact with leaders on the local level who had previous experience of living without housing. They will assist with outreach to advocates throughout the United States and document their successes, challenges and outstanding accomplishments. It is hoped to begin a national discussion group of local community leaders who have previous experience with homelessness. This group can weigh on national policy, local anti-homeless movements, hate crimes and expansion of racial equality and civil rights protections among lower income populations. The Grassroots organizing project intern will work to re-establish contact with the street newspaper movement in the United States and assist to organize them to exchange NCH generated content.
Specific Position Activities:
- attend weekly meetings with staff and work to construct a national committee of grassroots organizations led by those with previous experience of homelessness.
- create a directory and contacts with community leaders who have organized groups at the local level that feature people who have or currently are experiencing homelessness.
- contribute articles to the weekly newsletter, social media and website on homeless empowerment projects, outstanding successes in local community organizing.
- develop a newsletter that is focused on the serving grassroots community organizations with leadership of those who experienced homelessness.
- begin to document the organizing strategies, the ability to maintain contact with a largely transient population, and keep their interest in the problems facing those without housing after a person is housed.
- highlight unsung heroes in the homeless community.
- allow members of this leadership group to share strategy advice on policy and campaigns undertaken by the National Coalition.
- update manuals to be used by community leaders around community organizing, leadership development, program improvement to meet the needs of the customers.
- superior research and written communication skills
- working in a diverse setting with all kinds of people
- ability to work remotely and without daily supervision
- ability to research news and interview individuals
- direct service with homeless/low income populations
- experience in writing high-level research papers
- experience in digital and social media writing.
Mission Statement: The National Coalition for the Homeless, founded in 1982, is a national network of people who are currently experiencing homelessness or who were once homeless, activists and advocates, community and faith-based homeless service providers, and others committed to a single mission. That mission, our common bond, is to end homelessness. We are committed to creating the systemic and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent and end homelessness. At the same time, we work to meet the immediate needs of people who are either currently homeless or at risk of homelessness. We take as our first principle of practice that people who are currently experiencing homelessness or have formerly experienced homelessness must be actively involved in all of our work.
Organizational Goals: The National Coalition for the Homeless remains a substantive voice in the federal legislative process for people who are experiencing homelessness. In our policy advocacy, we work diligently to ensure that mainstream resources and opportunities are available to families and individuals who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness. To end homelessness in the U.S., we use the following strategies to accomplish our mission: lobbying, policy analysis, litigation, public education, community organizing, research and technical assistance.