Homelessness is such a pervasive problem in the United States that national non-profit organisations treat this population as a special interest group. They provide the charitable benefit of legislative influence for a population that is not able to speak for itself. Construction volunteers, architects and monetary donations help homeless charities build shelters. Other organisations that are aware of the indirect needs of an often neglected population provide services to the working homeless and their children.
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National Alliance to End Homelessness
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is based in Washington, D.C. It's a non-profit organisation composed of community leaders who lobby congress to enact legislation in favour of preventing and ending homelessness. Grassroots workers of the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Center for Capacity Building apply practical knowledge to local outreach groups by teaching them ways to help the homeless directly and offering technical assistance training. Finally, the National Alliance to End Homelessness sponsors the Homelessness Research Institute. Institute researchers provide data about homeless rates across the country to both educate the public and support congressional lobbying efforts.
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
The District of Columbia's National Coalition for Homeless Veterans conducts congressional lobbying for homeless U.S. war veterans with efforts similar to those of the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Another comparable service is the charitable offering of technical know-how to various hands-on, field programs for homeless veterans. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans acts as a directory of state agencies and smaller charities that provide services such as emergency housing, legal aid, job placements, food and medical care for homeless veterans.
The Road Home
The Road Home assists the homeless of Salt Lake City, Utah. The Road Home has an organised intake office that places the names of homeless clients on a waiting list for shelter during winter months. The office also provides rental assistance, transition into supportive housing developments, travel assistance and career clothes to working homeless. In addition to the intake office, The Road Home operates a shelter for homeless applicants from November to April. Shelter residents are provided with job placement assistance while special services are available to homeless children.
Headquartered in Newport Beach, California, HomeAid is a non-profit organisation that renovates and builds shelter for the homeless in 14 states across the nation. As of April 2011, 200 shelters have been built with 30 more in the stages of development. Once built, multi-unit homes are donated to local charities that directly meet homeless population needs. Shelters have been used as emergency homes, transitional and permanent housing.
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