About NPACH

The National Policy and

Advocacy Council on Homelessness (NPACH) is a national

grassroots organization whose primary concern is to

ensure that national homelessness policy accurately

reflects the needs of local communities. NPACH works to

accomplish its mission through:

Education. By

informing the public and policymakers on the

causes and consequences of homelessness, we can

create the will to bring about real change.

Grassroots

organizing. By uniting a broad base of

antipoverty organizations, we can form a powerful

coalition that is heard across America.

Research.

Our staff joins with local, state, and national

organizations to study the impact of federal

legislation and policy on local communities.

Technical

assistance. NPACH is dedicated to helping

local groups and service providers as they seek

to access funding for their programs. We also

assist advocacy groups in the process of building

strong local coalitions which can better serve

their homeless populations. Learn more about our

technical assistance services here.

NPACH’s Regional Presence

The NPACH Southern Regional Office

(NPACH-SRO) has been working to coordinate Southern

regional efforts with national strategies, and also to

provide a direct connection between national advocacy and

the experience of local service providers. NPACH-SRO is

located in the historic Hope House in New Orleans.

NPACH is a partner of the

Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP). Led by former

Coalition on Homelessness-San Francisco Executive

Director Paul Boden, WRAP serves as a regional organizing

and advocacy voice, ensuring that the needs of local

communities on the west coast reach national discussions

on homelessness policy

NPACH's

Initiatives

NPACH is working nationally to expand

awareness of, broaden support for, and implement the

following initiatives:

Rethinking

Homelessness: Homelessness occurs in rural,

urban, and suburban communities alike, and has

devastating effects on families, children, youth,

seniors, and individuals. Yet current federal policy, as

exemplified by the Administration’s

"chronic" homelessness initiative, is not sensitive to the realities

of all communities and to the needs of all populations

experiencing homelessness. As a result, many vulnerable

populations are excluded from the services and supports

they need to regain stability and escape the harm of

homelessness. Moreover, the Department of Housing and

Urban Development statutory definition of homelessness

does not include households who are sharing the housing

of others temporarily because they have nowhere else to

go (commonly referred to as "doubled-up"), or

those who are staying in motels and similar places due to

lack of alternatives. Because such households are not

included in the HUD definition of homelessness, they are excluded from HUD

services. NPACH is working with key partners and members

of Congress to amend the HUD definition, making it more

inclusive of the needs of families, children, and youth.

The

"Homelessness Isn't Funny" Campaign: In

order to increase awareness about homelessness and reach

a broader audience, NPACH has created a national campaign

that will feature comedy and music performances across

the country. By involving musicians, actors, writers, and

comedians, NPACH aims to bring much-needed attention to

the plight of millions of Americans who live in deep

poverty and struggle without adequate housing. The

campaign is designed to both entertain and enlighten,

with the goal of educating the public about the crisis of

housing instability in our country. Comic actor and

writer Will Forte (Saturday Night Live, That

70’s Show) currently serves as the honorary

chairperson of the campaign. Others involved include

Emmy-winning writer and comedian David Feldman (Real

Time with Bill Maher), award-winning stand-up comic

Doug Ferrari, Laura Swisher (TechTV) and Alex

Borstein (MadTV,

Family Guy).

Hurricane-Tsunami

Recovery Exchange: In partnership with the Asian

Coalition for Housing Rights, the National Economic and

Social Rights Initiative, Amnesty International, US Human

Rights Network, and Environmental Advocates for Human

Rights, NPACH has organized a community exchange program

between the Gulf South and areas recovering from the

December 2004 Asian Tsunami. Citizens from an Indonesian

fishing village will participate in organizing workshops

in Mississippi and Louisiana, and citizens from the

devastated areas of New Orleans, including the Lower 9th

Ward and New Orleans East, will have the opportunity to

view a people's-led recovery in Thailand and Indonesia.

You can learn more about this exchange here.

The Katrina-Rita

Oral History Project: As federal, state and

local governments formulate their plans for

reconstruction and revitalization, it is imperative that

the voices of hurricane victims, and the local

communities that have rushed to their aid, are heard and

respected. In order to provide a forum for these voices,

NPACH has compiled oral history-format interviews of

current and displaced residents, local service providers,

educators, and faith-based leaders who have been directly

involved in relief efforts; excerpts of these interviews

are being added to our website throughout the course of

this project. We encourage visitors to NPACH’s

website to use these excerpts, and the accompanying

informational profiles of featured organizations, to

learn more about the issue and how to stay involved. The

first of these interviews can be found here. For more information, please

contact us via e-mail,

NPACH is unique in its

grassroots approach and global view, connecting

community-based organizations, schools, and the public to

national policy through our advocacy and education

initiatives.

We invite you to learn

more about us by clicking the following links:

Press

Release on our founding

Our

Board of Directors