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To end homelessness

The National Coalition for the Homeless, founded in 1982, is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission. That mission, our common bond, is to end homelessness. We are committed to creating the systemic and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent and end homelessness. At the same time, we work to meet the immediate needs of people who are currently experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of doing so. We take as our first principle of practice that people who are currently experiencing homelessness or have formerly experienced homelessness must be actively involved in all of our work.

1. IN THE UNITED STATES, OVER 3.5 MILLION PEOPLE WILL EXPERIENCE HOMELESSNESS THIS YEAR, INCLUDING 1.3 MILION CHILDREN.

2. Every member of society, including people experiencing homelessness, has a right to basic economic and social entitlements of which safe, decent, accessible, affordable, and permanent housing is a definitive component.

3. NEARLY 45% OF HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS HAVE AT LEAST ONE JOB.

4. The Universal Living Wage would allow any full time worker the ability to afford basic and safe housing in the area in which he/she resides.

5. 46.6 MILLION AMERICANS DO NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND BETWEEN 60-70% OF PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS DO NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE.

6. The intersection of poor health and homelessness is irrefutable. Homeless people's access to appropriate treatment and care is hindered dramatically by a lack of health insurance coverage.

7. SINCE 1999, THERE HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 600 ATTACKS ON HOMELESS PERSONS RESULTING IN MORE THAN 190 DEATHS.

8. The civil rights of people experiencing homelessness are continually violated, whether it be by hate crimes committed against them, by denying children in homeless situations an equal right to education, and even by unjust laws making it illegal to be hom