We envision a society without homelessness. We know reaching this goal begins with pushing society, particularly service providers and the government, to treat people experiencing homelessness with dignity and respect. The homeless need better shelter standards, more county support, more accessible housing, and –most importantly– more chances to have their input heeded. We invite you to partner with us as we work toward this lofty, but achievable vision.
In 1989, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) was started by local homeless advocates, Since then, NEOCH has been responsive to the needs of unhoused people in Northeast Ohio by affirming their dignity. NEOCH is governed by a board of community volunteers, social service providers, lawyers and community advocates. Our main programs include the Homeless Congress, a monthly meeting for people experiencing homelessness. Coordinating the Cuyahoga Affordable Housing Alliance, a monthly meeting with housing leaders to promote affordable housing policies. Publishing the Street Chronicle, a newspaper written and distributed by individuals experiencing homelessness and the Outreach Collaborative where we coordinate homeless outreach workers to help the homeless access resources. 6,000 people are served by these programs annually.