Our Mission

To empower homeless persons to achieve greater self-sufficiency, to advocate on behalf of homeless persons and organizations that serve them; and to work together to educate the central Ohio community about the devastating effects of homelessness upon individuals and families.
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Join the Coalition

Please join us!  As a member of the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless you will help advocate for those who are among the most vulnerable in our society. Also, becoming a member will keep you aware of issues related to homelessness and make informed decisions about how to get involved.
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Street Speech

The Street Speech newspaper is a tool of empowerment and provides a voice for the homeless and their advocates. It is also a tool for underscoring gaps in services and policies for those experiencing homelessness.
Pick up a copy for a donation from one of our approved vendors. You can spot them wearing a city-licensed badge. You will be supporting their initiative and learning about their lives.

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How to Access Emergency Shelter

For those seeking shelter, note that there is ONLY ONE WAY to enter a shelter for single adults and families (adults with children).

CALL  614-274-7000  24/7.

Click HERE for information about shelters and other services for people in need through HandsOn Central Ohio.


The Columbus Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) is a private, non-profit (501c3) consortium founded in 1986 by a group of Columbus service providers who recognized that homelessness could best be resolved with a collaborative effort.

Since its inception, the Coalition has held monthly membership meetings with service providers, community members and homeless individuals in attendance. Over the years it has grown – identifying service gaps and, as a result, developing programs and advocacy initiatives which offer support to those most vulnerable.