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  Our mission is to end homelessness. We focus our work in the following 4 areas: housing justice, economic justice, health care justice, and civil rights. Our approaches are: grassroots organizing, public education, policy advocacy, technical assistance, and partnerships.

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Breaking News:

April 17, 2002 - USDA releases new policy on free meal eligibility for students in homeless situations - A memo released by the USDA updates previous policy and includes students who meet the definition of homelessness contained in the new McKinney-Vento Act's Education for Homeless Children and Youth program

April 15, 2002: Tax day message: Almost 81% of the federal goverment's morgage interest deduction subsidy (over 65.7 billion) goes to households with incomes over $75,000. By comparison, HUD's Section 8 program and homeless assistance grants combined amount to just over $16 billion per year.

April 8, 2002 - "McKinney-Vento 2001: Law Into Practice" Education Training Materials Now Available

April 9, 2002 - $9 Million Available to Fund Treatment Services for Homeless Individuals


May 15, 2002:
Denver, Colorado. Annual Conference co-sponsored by NCH and the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. The conference, which will take place at the Denver Convention Center, will bring together service providers, nonprofits, advocates, caseworkers, medical practitioners, and other people involved with homelessness issues. Workshops will fall into oneof eight tracks: education, case managements, law and advocacy, health care, housing, and topics. For more information, please visit website,

Hot Topics:

NCH's Position on "Chronic Homelessness" Initiatives

Educating Children and Youth in Homeless Situations

The Criminalization of Homelessness

NCH's 2002 voting rights manual is now online

Did you know that...

The national median housing wage, based on each county's housing wage for a two bedroom unit at the Fair Market Rent weighted by Census 2000 population figures, is $13.87 an hour, more than twice the federal minimum wage of $5.15 per hour. This means that on average, there must be more than two full-time minimum wage workers in a household in order for the household to afford a two bedroom housing unit at the Fair Market Rent. For more information, see

Policy Focus:
  • Education: The new education law, signed by President Bush in January 2002, greatly strengthens educational rights of children, youth, and families who are homeless. Find legislative summaries, resources, and strategies for implementation on NCH's Education Page.

  • Alerts: Link to NCH Action Alerts

Personal Experiences of Homelessness:


"The hardest part of being homeless is the waiting.
My daughter Jasmine and I desperately want stability, but we just canít seem to get there..."
To read more about Lois' and other personal experiences of homelessness, click here.

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