To provide dynamic, proactive leadership that engages policy makers and the community to end homelessness
A community fiercely focused on ending homelessness
THEORY OF A HOMELESS COALITION
HUD encourages communities to develop homeless coalitions in order to facilitate a comprehensive system-wide approach that meets the many complex needs of homeless people. The implementation of such an approach often requires systemic change in a community’s recognition that homelessness is not the problem of “some other agency,” but the concern of the entire community. A strong, active, and open coalition for the homeless gives a community many advantages. For example, a local coalition that is respected in the community can comment on any proposed law or appropriation that affects the homeless. This allows the coalition to speak as one voice for those who all too often have no voice at all. Coalitions can also play an important role in community planning.