Join our network of advocates who are speaking up and taking action on behalf of people at-risk of or currently experiencing homelessness in Colorado and across the country.
In order to support the Coalition’s work to provide integrated housing, healthcare, and support services to clients, the Education and Advocacy team explores and challenges the mechanisms that perpetuate homelessness in our communities.
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless believes that housing is a basic human right. Colorado cannot rely on the federal government or the private market to correct the housing crisis we currently face. Our top 2019 priority is to establish a permanent, statewide affordable housing fund to finance development of affordable housing units, wraparound services, and rental assistance. We are actively exploring ways to utilize taxes, fees, and other revenue sources to achieve this.
The best way to address homelessness is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Colorado’s landlord tenant laws leave renters vulnerable to health and safety hazards, eviction, and homelessness. The Coalition is committed to leveling the playing field by supporting legislation that prevents discrimination, ensures families and individuals are able to live in the communities of their choosing, and improves the fairness of the eviction process. Strengthened renters’ protections will prevent homelessness and help support families and individuals on a path to stability.
FORT LYON SUPPORTIVE RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY
The Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community, located in Bent County, provides recovery oriented transitional housing to people experiencing homelessness and suffering from substance use disorders. The program combines housing with peer support, educational, vocational and employment services for up to 300 people from across the state, with an emphasis on serving veterans. The Coalition will advocate for continued funding for this critical resource.
HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
The Coalition will continue to work toward expanding access to integrated physical and mental health care options for Coloradans with limited resources. The Coalition will advocate vehemently to preserve the substantial gains our state has made through Medicaid Expansion and defend the funding and systems that allow our Stout Street Health Center which serves nearly 14,000 people each year to remain in operation. The Coalition will also support efforts to expand resources for those experiencing substance use disorders. The Coalition intends to support measures to improve public health and connecting people with housing and recovery resources, including supporting Supervised Use Sites to prevent deadly overdoses and the spread of disease.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
The Coalition is committed to addressing the overuse of the criminal justice system – in place of real solutions like appropriate behavioral health care, services, and crime prevention. In order to prevent recidivism and homelessness, it is critical to ensure a smooth transition into housing, health care, and the workforce. Colorado benefits when returning citizens can contribute fully to their communities, support their families, and maintain community bonds.
The Coalition will also advocate for people living with disabilities, older Coloradans, and families with children. The Coalition will work to improve application processes, broaden eligibility, and increase benefit amounts for programs that help families and individuals meet their most basic needs.
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Who is an Advocate?
An advocate is passionate about a specific issue and works to influence others to support their cause. There are many ways to advocate. This can range from sending an email or making a phone call, to asking legislators to a coffee meeting, or even testifying.
When planning to speak with a policy-maker, remember to:
- Be prepared and educated
- Be concise
- Be compelling
- Look for a compromise
- Stay professional
- Do not send nasty emails or messages
Want to learn how to lobby? Check out LOBBYING 101 from the National Coalition for the Homeless.
How to Become a Successful Advocate
- Know the Current Events
Sign Up for Our Emails!
Read, learn, connect. Read our weekly Homelessness in the News emails on issues impacting people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. By signing up for Homelessness in the News, you will also receive Action Alerts on legislative issues as they arise throughout the year. Knowing is half of the equation—participating is the other.
- Know Your Elected Officials
Take a moment to visit our Meet Your Elected Officials section above. There, you can find who each of your representatives are and how they traditionally vote on issues that are important to you. Being informed arms you with the information on when and how to engage with your elected officials in your own personal advocacy efforts.
- Know Our National Partners
Organizations across the country are joining in the fight against homelessness and greater access to housing and health care. Find more information and resources about national organizations and their advocacy efforts here: National Organizations
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is a private, nonprofit organization recognized as exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is to work collaboratively toward the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for homeless and at-risk families, children, and individuals throughout Colorado. CCH advocates for and provides a continuum of housing and a variety of services to improve the health, well-being, and stability of those it serves.
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless may take positions on or advocate regarding public policy issues pertinent to its mission, consistent with the requirements of applicable Federal and state law. However, CCH conducts all its activities in an entirely nonpartisan manner. CCH may acknowledge the elected officials who support us, but we do not endorse, support, or oppose candidates for public office, nor do we intervene in any election on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate or political party.