Coalition for the Homeless is dedicated to the principle that decent shelter, sufficient food, affordable housing, and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. The Coalition operates a mobile feeding program that serves nutritious meals to nearly 800 homeless people each night, delivers blankets and clothing to people on the streets, and engages them in services. The agency also provides rental assistance and permanent housing for formerly homeless men, women, and families with children as well as adults and families living with AIDS. In addition, the Coalition operates a summer sleep-away camp offering respite from the city for over 300 homeless children; year-round after school programming for children living in homeless shelters; a job training program for homeless women; a walk-in crisis intervention service; an eviction prevention program; and a program that helps disabled homeless people secure disability benefits and housing.
Coalition for the Homeless serves 3,500 homeless people per day with housing, food, emergency assistance, job training, youth programs, and services for homeless people with disabilities. It also researches proven solutions to address homelessness, defends the legal rights of homeless people, helps homeless shelter residents organize their own elected leaders, and is respected for its expert public policy analysis and public education campaigns.