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We are committed to advocating with and on behalf of people experiencing homelessness.
During 2016-17, we are committing time, energy and resources to advancing the following advocacy agenda:
Health Care for the Homeless will promote policies and practices to meet the comprehensive and integrated treatment needs of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness within the context of health reform implementation and grassroots campaigns supporting publicly financed universal health care.
Health Care for the Homeless will advance and support policies, programs and practices that increase the availability and accessibility of housing affordable to households with extremely low incomes, meet the needs of those facing eviction or foreclosure and rapidly re-house individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
Health Care for the Homeless will advocate for policies and programs that promote livable incomes and ensure broader supports for low-wage workers and people who face disability oppression, as well as progressive tax structures.
We advocate for individual clients, but we also advocate for policy change because it’s the only way to end homelessness for ALL our clients.
Health Care for the Homeless will work to ensure adequate, effective, responsive and respectful emergency and supportive services with particular focus on the needs of especially marginalized and underserved populations—including those who face barriers based on gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, household composition, ability, health conditions and criminal record.
Health Care for the Homeless will work to ensure that the civil rights of people experiencing homelessness are respected. Health Care for the Homeless will promote policies and practices that break the link between incarceration and poverty—supporting responses to community and social problems beyond law enforcement intervention.
Health Care for the Homeless will work collaboratively with local, state and national partners who work to address issues of poverty and homelessness.
Health Care for the Homeless will continue to educate individuals and organizations about the causes of and solutions to homelessness. Health Care for the Homeless will work locally and nationally to increase the capacity for advocacy in direct service organizations and will educate homeless service providers on the advocacy priorities of Health Care for the Homeless and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.