[Hpn] National Coalition For The Homeless Reorganizing

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Mon, 14 Feb 2005 18:26:05 -0500

Date of Issue: February 14, 2005

For more information, contact:
Michael Stoops
Ph.  202-462-4822 x19

For Immediate Release

National Coalition for the Homeless Reorganizing,
While Remaining Loyal to the Principle of Bringing Every American Home

Washington D.C.: The National Coalition for the Homeless has reorganized by
appointing Michael Stoops as acting Executive Director and moving its
offices into the Church of the Pilgrims in Downtown Washington, DC.  Molly
Neck will support Stoops as the Director of Programs for the agency. Along
with the other support staff this team will keep the doors open and maintain
public education, community organizing activities and above all a strong
advocacy presence to end homelessness for the estimated 3.5 million homeless
in the United States.

The geographically diverse Board of Directors remains a strong, active,
working board that will continue with the core mission of ending
homelessness in the United States.  Activists from across the nation are
members of the NCH Board and work to change the dialogue at the national
level to illuminate the injustices of homelessness.

Michael Stoops has been a part of the National Coalition for the Homeless
since its inception in the early 1980's.  Stoops previously served as the
Director of Community Organizing for NCH.  He has thirty years of experience
on voting rights, anti-discrimination campaigns, and defending homeless
people against hate crimes/violence.

Molly Neck previously worked on NCH's National Homeless Civil Rights
Organizing Project.  In 2003, she was the editor of our two annual reports
on the criminalization of homelessness and hate crimes/violence against
homeless people.  In 2004, she was NCH's Director of Development.

Founded in 1984, the National Coalition for the Homeless is the oldest
national advocacy group with a focus on homelessness. NCH has refocused its
talents and energies around a few core issues.   NCH will continue to be a
leader in the protection of the civil rights of homeless people by
publishing research as well as, organizing local and statewide coalitions.
The staff will continue to put a “face” on homelessness through its national
Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau.  With a great deal of support from
the NCH Board of Directors, the organization intends to focus attention on
local, state, and federal policies as well as funding allocations to ensure
that homelessness is ended.  The centerpiece of this campaign is the
reintroduction of the Bringing America Home Act, a comprehensive piece of
legislation that would end homelessness in the United States.   This Act is
scheduled to be reintroduced in Congress within several weeks.

Michael Stoops
Acting Executive Director
National Coalition for the Homeless
2201 P St., NW
Washington, DC  20037-1033
Phone:  (202) 462-4822 x19
Fax:  (202) 462-4823
Email:  mstoops@nationalhomeless.org
Website:  www.nationalhomeless.org