Solving Homelessness Together

Advocate

Advocacy: The process of speaking on behalf of an individual, group, or cause, especially when rights or interests are at risk.

 

We are bombarded with so much information and causes that it is hard to know where to start or to even feel that we have the ability to change a problem such as homelessness.  Advocacy is critical to creating the systemic changes needed to end homelessness. Advocacy means working with people experiencing homelessness to bring about positive changes in policies and programs on the local, state, and federal levels. It also means changing your language and behaviors in small ways that may contribute to larger changes in the way people experiencing homelessness are seen and treated in our society. Look through some of the ways that you can advocate for people experiencing homelessness:

  • Volunteer
    • The best way to learn what the needs of people experiencing homelessness is, is to ask them yourself.
    • Visit Handsonthevalley.org to learn about volunteer opportunities in Columbus/Phenix City.
  • Write Letters
    • Contacting your local senators and legislators or congressional officials can seem intimidating, but using many of the resources outlined at the National Alliance, you can join the efforts to end homelessness in the US and locally.