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ENDORSING FIVE FUNDAMENTALS TO PREVENT AND END HOMELESSNESS:
A CHALLENGE TO CANDIDATES FOR PUBLIC OFFICe tool kit

An assembly of national organizations concerned with homelessness has launched the “Five Fundamentals to Prevent and End Homelessness Campaign,” an effort to challenge candidates for public office at all levels and branches of government to pledge to include the prevention of and end to homelessness among their public policy priorities.

Sponsors of the campaign include: Corporation for Supportive Housing, National AIDS Housing Coalition, National Alliance to End Homelessness, National Center on Family Homelessness, National Coalition for the Homeless, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Network for Youth, and National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness.

The campaign’s sponsors encourage individuals and organizations concerned about homelessness to challenge all candidates for public office to take action to prevent and end mass homelessness. The sponsors are encouraging candidates to pledge to prioritize the prevention and end of homelessness by endorsing Five Fundamentals to Prevent and End Homelessness.  

The Five Fundamentals to Prevent and End Homelessness is a consensus statement issued in 2007 to declare fundamental principles that must animate public policy in a nation without mass homelessness. The five fundamentals are:

  1. McKinney-Vento homeless assistance programs should be reauthorized.
  2. The supply of affordable housing must be dramatically increased.
  3. Health care, education, and social services must be provided to all who need them.
  4. Personal incomes must be sufficient to pay for the necessities of life.
  5. Discrimination against homeless persons must be prevented.

The sponsors have produced a tool kit to assist state and local organizations and concerned individuals in securing “Five Fundamentals” pledges from candidates for public offices. Links to tool kit materials follow.

Organizations can also download, edit and modify these individual documents for their own use:

For additional information about the Five Fundamentals to Prevent and End Homelessness Campaign, please contact Adam Gaeddert at agaeddert@nationalhomeless.org or 202.462.4822.

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

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