Advocacy

Through landmark litigation, research, and public education campaigns, Coalition for the Homeless' Advocacy Department advances long-term solutions to the problem of homelessness and defends the rights of homeless New Yorkers.

Basic Facts About New York City Homelessness

Coalition for the Homeless provides up-to-date information about homelessness in New York City.  Over the past decade, the number of homeless New Yorkers has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s.  Learn more here.

Legal Victories

From our first legal victory, Callahan v. Carey - which guaranteed the right to decent shelter for homeless New Yorkers - the Coalition has worked for over three decades to create long-term solutions to end modern homelessness. Other Coalition legal victories have secured medically appropriate shelter for homeless New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS, established the right to vote for people with no permanent address, and helped preserve the right to decent shelter for homeless families and children.  Learn more here.

Advocacy Campaigns

The Coalition has led advocacy campaigns that have won important public investments in proven solutions to modern homelessness. Over the past decade, the Coalition has fought to protect the legal right to shelter for homeless New Yorkers, to end the practice of dumping homeless adults in illegally-converted and unsafe boarding houses, and to secure State and City funding for permanent supportive housing for homeless people living with mental illness and other special needs.  Learn more here.

Policy and Research

The Coalition continually analyzes City, State, and Federal policies involving homelessness, affordable housing, and related issues.  Through policy briefs; research reports; the annual State of the Homeless report; and a periodic newsletter, Safety Net, the Coalition's Advocacy Department serves as a clearinghouse for data and research about homelessness in New York City.  The Coalition also publishes a searchable Resource Guide listing food, shelter, and other resources for the homeless.  Learn more here.

Advocacy Document Library for Homeless New Yorkers

The Coalition has assembled the most comprehensive online library of vital public documents for homeless and low-income New Yorkers.  These documents, which include court orders and State and City policy guidelines, outline the rights, rules, and regulations for the municipal shelter system, housing programs, and public benefits.  Learn more here.

Solutions

The Coalition is dedicated to ending modern homelessness.  The Advocacy Department works to promote proven, cost-effective solutions to the problem of homelessness like affordable housing assistance for homeless families and permanent supportive housing for homeless people living with mental illness and other special needs.  Learn more here.

Press Room

Coalition for the Homeless works consistently, through news reports and opinion pieces, to inform the public about the problem of homelessness and effective solutions.  Learn more here.  

Safety Net

The Coalition's periodic newsletter, Safety Net, includes articles about important public policy issues, our direct-service programs, volunteers, and homeless and formerly-homeless New Yorkers.  Learn more here.