Advocacy

The Alumni of Housing for New Hope join staff for annual visits to Washington D.C. to meet with our Senators and Representatives to educate and advocate on behalf of those still homeless throughout the country.

In addition to the programs and housing options provided by Housing for New Hope, we also advocate for policies that will help bring positive change to the lives of homeless men and women.

Housing for New Hope is only able to do the work it does because of its partnership with city, county, state, and federal government. Elected and government officials are the drivers of both funding and policy, which provide key resources to both homeless individuals and the agencies that serve them.

Housing for New Hope receives about 60 percent of its funding from the government, and we work to maintain a productive relationship with those government funders and policymakers so that we can maximize their support.

As a part of Housing for New Hope’s efforts to contribute to and help shape those critical funding and policy decisions, we engage in education and advocacy of housing and homelessness issues with elected officials as well as the community at large.

We also participation in local and statewide, councils, task forces and coalitions whose focus is housing and services to homeless and low-income people, including:

  • Durham Affordable Housing Coalition,
  • Council to End Homelessness in Durham
  • North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness
  • North Carolina Affordable Housing Coalition  

In addition, staff are frequent speakers on issues related to homelessness at the local, state, and national levels.

In 2007, Terry Allebaugh was invited by Senator Burr to testify before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to support the authorization of $80 million in federal money to fund a new bill called the Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act.

In 2009, Mr. Allebaugh presented at a Congressional briefing, “Homelessness and the Economic Crisis.” Sponsored by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the briefing educated members of Congress and their staffs on progress made toward ending homelessness, proven interventions, and the federal investment needed to prevent and end homelessness within the context of the recession.

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