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We are NCH
And together, we are Bringing America Home

I am NCH
NCH has always been the collective effort of people experiencing homelessness, advocates, service providers, and supports nationwide.  We have been telling the stories of our members through the Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau, the Homelessness in the First Person Project, and through the action of our Board of Directors, staff and members.  We want to hear from you: Why we should end homelessness? Where does your passion for ending homelessness come from?

Why?
Contrary to popular perception, homelessness is not caused primarily by substance abuse or mental illness.  Rather, homelessness results from a complex set of circumstances that require people to choose between food, shelter, and other basic needs.  Only a concerted effort to ensure jobs that pay a living wage, adequate support for those who cannot work, affordable housing, and access to health care will bring an end to homelessness.

Please SHARE your story, DONATE and help NCH meet the growing needs of America’s homeless!

How You Can Help

For further information, contact Megan Hustings, Development Director with questions at 202.462.4822
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Here is your story:

I am a formerly homeless mother and college graduate.

When I was 16 and my daughter barely 1 month old, I found myself homeless on the mean streets of downtown Detroit. My grandmother never liked my personality; she confused my quiet and pedantic aura with haughtiness and arrogance. She threatened to "take you (me) back to the group home you (I) came from" on every occasion of which I didn't fit in with the rest of the family. She finally did a week or two before Thanksgiving when my daughter was brand new. I was a hard worker, but at 16, no one would let me rent a space. I had no money, anyway. No one helped. My own mother stopped answering my calls when she heard I'd been put out. The school I went to- the best in Detroit, one of the top public schools in the country, full of lawyers and doctor's children, did nothing to help.

I support NCH because homelessness changed my life completely. I still fight the terrors I’ve experienced from being homeless. I still have nightmares about it. But, I am stronger for it and I want others to be, too. I graduated from a big ten university, achieved outstanding grades and I've built a life worth writing about for myself and my daughter. I wish others the same sort of successful ending and I want others to know and feel hope.

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I am a
grand mother, parent, child

Who
While returning to my home town with my ex husband, and three children, we had a fire.  We lost everything, so a council, Dutchess County Council of Businesses came to our rescue.  These people gave us vouchers, food, Christmas toys/vouchers for more.  It was totally amazing and appreciated.  As a full time employee for a state agency in NYS,  I see that homelessness in this great country still goes unknown.  We are willing to help other countries which is great, yet we are still denying the truth within ourselves that Americans are starving, homeless, children and seniors are a huge part of this statistic.  It literally breaks my soul.  Two years ago, I had invited family up for Thanksgiving, did some cooking, and family gatherings are my fave.  Along with that day, my oldest daughter and I had volunteered for a group called Equinox that does every Thanksgiving food deliveries.  I loved it.  While leaving the people who received this gracious gift, and they were so humble...as we drove, my daughter and I, I cried like a baby.  I cried not in pity but knowing we had shed light on others, the best gift in the universe.  Why is it so hard to do this?  To share, and help.  As a child, we were faced with not having enough, and I made a promise that no child of mine or family member would starve.  Yes, we have hit bottom at times used pantries until pay day, however, as life got better, and a true believer in God, I had to give back, and that day was so significant, it still grabs me inside.  Presently, I am working on getting a plot in a community garden to start growing fresh veggies/fruit possibly, keep some, most will be my donations back into the community.  This is what we are suppose to be doing...giving to ALL.

National Coalition for the Homeless
2201 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20037-1033
202-462-4822
info@nationalhomeless.org

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