National Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.

Bringing America Home

aka NCH   |   Washington, DC   |  http://www.nationalhomeless.org

Mission

The mission of the National Coalition for the Homeless is to prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected.

Ruling year info

1988

Interim Director

Ms. Megan Hustings

Main address

2201 P Street NW

Washington, DC 20037 USA

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EIN

52-1517415

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (L05)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Public Education

NCH has long worked to educate the public about the causes of, and solutions to homelessness.  Through publishing factsheets and timely reports on emerging issues facing the homeless community, NCH has become a trusted source for information for national media sources including the New York Times, NPR and advocates and governments nationwide. 

A key component of NCH’s Public Education Department is the Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau. Through each Speakers’ Bureau presentation, audiences becomes sensitized to the issues surrounding homelessness from the "real experts.” People who are homeless or formerly homeless share their stories of the realities of homelessness. The presentation offers the audience first hand knowledge of the injustices of not having a home in America. It breaks down stereotypes of who is homeless and what it means to be homeless and most importantly, the Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau continues to inspire audience members to become involved in the fight to end homelessness at it is known today. Since 1999, the Speakers’ Bureau has made over 5,000 presentations to more than 250,000 people from over 40 states.

The Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau has seen great successes since its inception in 1996, including encouraging greater civic involvement of audience members, as well as empowering a strong group of homeless and formerly homeless advocates. 

Population(s) Served

NCH takes as its first principle of practice that persons who are or have been homeless must be actively involved in the resolution of homelessness.  Our organizing works centers around training homeless self-advocates, as well as working to preserve and protect the civil rights of people experiencing homelessness.
 
NCH's Homelessness in the First Person project works to optimize self-sufficiency among families and individuals experiencing homelessness.  This program placed homeless speakers on expert panels that were held by the White House office on homelessness (USICH) to help develop and plan for a federal plan to end homelessness.  NCH speakers are already being placed on decision-making boards and having their stories heard by national policy-makers.
 
The second key component of NCH's community organizing work is the National Civil Rights Organizing Project.  The civil rights of people experiencing homelessness are continually violated, whether it be by hate crimes/violence committed against them, or by unjust laws making it illegal to be homeless.  NCH has been working with advocates, police departments, policy-makers and homeless people nationwide to track civil rights abuses and create effective strategies for ending these abuses.
 
Every year since 1999, NCH has published a report on hate crimes committed against the homeless and every two years, a report on the criminalization of homelessness.  Additionally, NCH releases timely reports on related issues such as tent cities, foreclosures and food sharing restrictions.  These reports have been followed by national media sources and have led to action on the state and federal levels.  Several states have passed hate crimes or vulnerable population statutes that include homeless persons, and legislation is currently being considered by the US Senate. 
 
The Civil Rights Organizing Project also works to involve people experiencing homelessness and poverty in the political process.   Through the "You Don't Need a Home to Vote" program, NCH has registered thousands of homeless people to vote nationwide, as well as advocated for inclusion of homeless persons in all state voter registration laws.  Through election-year bi-annual events, NCH organizes get out the vote drives and voter education campaigns nationwide.

Population(s) Served

NCH has remained the substantive voice in the federal legislative process for people who are experiencing homelessness.  In out policy advocacy, we work diligently to ensure that mainstream resources and opportunities are available to families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  Specific goals include: housing that is affordable to the lowest income Americans, comprehensive and accessible health care and other support services, livable incomes and civil rights protections.

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Awards

Four-Star Charity 2009

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National Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/19/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Bob Erlenbusch

Sacramento Regional Coalition to end Homelessness


Board co-chair

Sue Watlov Phillips

Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing

Barbara Anderson

Haven House Services

Anita Beaty

Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless

Bob Erlenbusch

Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness

Phoebe Nelson

Washington Low Income Housing Coalition

Richard Troxell

House the Homeless, Inc., Austin, TX

Donald Whitehead

National Coalition for the Homeless

Albert Townsend

People for Fairness Coalition

Joel Segal

Sue Watlov Phillips

Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing

Ed Shurna

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Brian Levin

California State University, San Bernardino - Department of Criminal Justice

Sean Cononie

The Homeless Voice

Rajni Shankar-Brown

Stetson University, Department of Education