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The National Coalition for the Homeless offers four educational programs that enable groups and individuals to learn firsthand from someone who has experienced homelessness. From sharing personal narratives to explaining effective advocacy practices, these individuals are the true experts on homelessness and they always deliver memorable lessons. NCH is also responsible for two national large-scale events that take place each year and manages 60 AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers in the field.

Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau

Ending homelessness must begin with the understanding that people who are or have been homeless are our neighbors and members of our community. Public perceptions and attitudes toward persons experiencing homelessness or in danger of becoming homeless need to change in order for positive, long-term solutions to be realized. The National Coalition for the Homeless’ “Faces of Homelessness” Speakers’ Bureau works to challenge and change perceptions through educating the public about homelessness and what can be done to end it.


Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

Each year, one week before Thanksgiving, National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness co-sponsor Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. During this week, a number of schools, communities, and cities take part in a nationwide effort to bring greater awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessness.


Homeless Persons' Memorial Day

Since 1990, on or near the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH), National Consumer Advisory Board (NCAB), and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC) has co-sponsored National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember our homeless friends who have paid the ultimate price for our nation's failure to end homelessness.


Homeless Challenge Project

In general, it is very difficult for housed Americans to comprehend the realities of daily life for several million homeless Americans who constitute the poorest of the poor. How do we overcome the separation that divides housed from homeless? Our answer to breaking down some of the barriers between housed and homeless Americans is the Homeless Challenge where the streets become your teacher.


Outreach Runs

This program is about finding common ground between the housed and those experiencing homelessness, hearing from one of our Outreach guides, and meeting our homeless neighbors. Providing daily necessities to people who are homeless is necessary, though ultimately not the solution to homelessness. However, Outreach Runs promote human exchange rather than just an exchange of goods - interpersonal interaction that is critical to building advocacy to truly end homelessness.


Need Help?

Find information and resources if
  • You or your family is currently homeless
  • You or your family is in danger of becoming homeless


Find more information on topics ranging from Criminalization to How to Get Involved:
  • Reports
  • Manuals
  • Factsheets

Take Action

Be a part of the solution:
  • Donate
  • Organize
  • Advocate
  • Volunteer
  • Request a Speaker


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