Advocating For Social Justice

Alternatives for Homeless Camps

The Coalition is looking at new models and alternatives for homeless camps.  More and more people are living on the street, in homeless camps, and in other places not meant for human habitation.  Periodically these camps are destroyed by the city and camp residents are scattered.  We believe there are better and more humane alternatives.  Check out the Coalition’s work in this area – Alternatives for Homeless Camps

The Coalition’s Advocacy Work

The Columbus Coalition for the Homeless advocates for social justice by identifying gaps in the system. Coalition Members meet each month to discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of the local homeless service system and make recommendations for change.  The Coalition brings issues forward for discussion with local service providers, city and county officials, and other advocacy groups.  Coalition staff work with the community to find ways to improve the system.

What can we all do to help?

Join the Coalition as a Member!  Come to the Membership Meeting, which occurs the first Wednesday of each month from 9 AM to 10:30 AM at the Coalition office – 89 West Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222.  Learn about the system and share your ideas.

Street Speech Newspaper

“Street Speech” is a monthly street newspaper in Columbus produced by the Coalition and sold by licensed vendors who have experience of homelessness.  Street Speech provides a voice for people who experience homelessness, especially those who are most vulnerable.  Vendors earn extra income by selling the paper on the streets of Columbus.  The paper covers topics such as affordable housing, employment and living wages, shelters, homeless camps, health care, addiction and recovery, and community services.

Street Speech lifts up the voices of people who experience homelessness in our community.  It gives people a chance to talk with vendors and get to know them.  Street Speech is also a tool for identifying gaps in services and policies for those experiencing homelessness. Articles highlight “best practice” approaches that can help bring individuals and families out of homelessness.

Please consider purchasing a copy from a licensed vendor. They are easily spotted wearing a brightly colored badge. You will be supporting their initiative and learning about their lives.

If you would like an annual subscription to Street Speech for $25, contact us at kmccormish@gmail.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Homeless camps

Below are some photos taken from Columbus area ‘Homeless Camps’.