What is Advocacy?
Macro level advocacy movements focus on addressing systematic causes of homelessness in order to institute lasting, permanent change. The Coalition works with local officials, community groups, and individuals who have or are experiencing homelessness to prevent homelessness, fight for the rights of individuals experiencing homelessness, advocate for affordable housing and fight against the criminalization of the homelessness.
Current Campaigns and Initiates
|Decriminalizing Homelessness in Local Jurisdictions: The Coalition will work to establish a liaison program that works with city/county/suburban police departments on how to develop an appropriate approach/response to those experiencing homelessness within their jurisdiction. The Coalition will continue its efforts with the Cincinnati Police and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, but will also reach out to surrounding jurisdictions to help them develop appropriate responses within their communities through the development and implementations of the Homeless Bill of Rights and Police Sweep standards.
Bridging the Housing Gap: The development and the preservation of affordable housing in
Human Services/ Funding Coordination (Budget Advocacy)- Human Services dollars are designated for programs that aid low income individuals experiencing homelessness in Cincinnati. Throughout the last decade, the human services budget for the City of Cincinnati has been cut back. The Homeless Coalition advocates for the restoration 1.5% of the City’s operating budget towards health and human services.
Employment Pipeline: An effort to establish a pipe line for people experiencing homelessness to gain employment by the city with a living wage and benefits.
Past advocacy initiatives:
- The Alms
- Parkway Tower
- Police Sweep Legislation
- Anna Louise Inn
- City Gospel Mission
- Cincinnati became the 3 city in the Country to add Homeless to hate crime legislative