Mission Statement

The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless is a unified social action agency, fully committed to its ultimate goal: the eradication of homelessness with respect for the dignity and diversity of its membership, the homeless and the community. The Coalition works towards this goal by coordinating services, educating the public, and engaging in grassroots organizing and advocacy.

History

The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless (GCCH) was formed in May of 1984 for one purpose: the eradication of homelessness in Cincinnati.  What started out as a coalition of 15 volunteers meeting weekly in an unheated church basement has since grown into a Coalition of over 53 agencies and hundreds of volunteers.

Our Areas of Work

Coordination of Services: By coordinating services within the community, we help our member agencies provide their services, share their resources, and work with the homeless population.

Advocacy: The Coalition works with local officials, the community and homeless people to ensure that the rights of homeless persons are preserved, that the trend of criminalization of homelessness is reversed and that just social policy is enacted to end homelessness.GCCH is a regional site for the National Homeless Civil Rights Organizing Project, which seeks to document and end hate crimes against homeless people and to educate and organize homeless individuals to protect their civil rights.

Education: Through our education opportunities and resources, we provide the groundwork for understanding the complexities of homelessness so that our community can work towards sustainable solutions. For nearly twenty years, GCCH has been providing educational opportunities to churches, companies, schools and universities in Cincinnati.

Streetvibes is a newspaper that covers the issues of homelessness, social justice, and poverty. It is easily the most recognizable educational tool that GCCH offers.  Streetvibes Distributors purchase papers for 50 cents and sell them to the public for a $1.50 donation, keeping the profit they have earned. 

 

 

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