Bring America Home Now

by The National Coalition for the Homeless
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Project Report | Feb 26, 2023
Bring America Home Now returns to our grassroots origins. (Taking the fight to the streets)!

By Donald Hugh Whitehead | Executive Director

The National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) has reached significant milestones over the last six months.   NCH has been planning the Lived Experience Training Academy for four years. Our dream has been to equip people with the lived experience of homelessness to have a significant, genuine, and measurable impact on their communities, organizations, and, most importantly, their lives. LETA was created by people with lived experience and included focus groups from others throughout the United States. The LETA team has completed three pilots and is launching live training; the goal is to train 300 new advocates and employees dedicated to ending homelessness. 

NCH is deeply troubled by the recent increase in the criminalization of people experiencing homelessness. Multiple cities have introduced harmful measures that codify criminalization practices, including encampment raids. The encampment raids have numerous negative impacts on those unable to access housing. The encampments are a last resort for people who have not been able to access housing. The most important thing to remember is that these practices which include raiding an encampment and dispersing the residents to unknown destinations, do Not Solve Homelessness, nor will forced institutionalization. Over six months, NCH will operationalize a bus tour traveling to communities across the US to highlight humanity's struggles and the power of people experiencing homelessness.

NCH will support and amplify the actions and activities of local homeless organizers working to decriminalize homelessness while working to end homelessness. NCH will culminate this bus tour by creating and facilitating a national movement in DC in September that will demand federal policymakers prioritize decriminalizing homelessness and increasing federal policy and resources to end homelessness.

 The tour aims to shift the national narrative on homelessness in America to embrace a "human right to housing" approach, encourage compassionate, solution-oriented discussions, and discourage apathy and tolerance for criminalization.

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The National Coalition for the Homeless

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Twitter: @NationalHomeles
Project Leader:
Donald Whitehead
Washington , DC United States
$17,360 raised of $75,000 goal
 
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