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COHHO seeks to improve housing and supportive services for all homeless and nearly homeless people in the District of Columbia.

  • Did You Know...

    Nearly 62% of unaccompanied homeless adults, and 23% of adults in homeless families, reported that they have no regular income of any kind (DC Homeless Enumeration, 2013).

  • Did You Know...

    Approximately 70,000 people in Washington, DC are on a waiting list for housing assistance with an estimated wait time for those services of 20 years. (DC Housing Authority, 2013).

  • Did You Know...

    Nearly 15% of the D.C. population experienced food hardship, or not having enough money to buy food for themselves or their family in the last 12 months (Food Research and Action Center, 2013)

  • Did You Know...

    Of the literally homeless persons in DC, 23% of single adults reported physical disabilities. (Homeless Enumeration, 2013).

The Coalition of Housing and Homeless Organizations (COHHO) is a membership organization made up of service provider organizations, advocates, and persons who are homeless. Its purpose is to advocate to end homelessness, improve homeless services, and increase affordable housing in Washington, D.C.

COHHO Learns

COHHO seeks out authoritative information on current DC issues, budget, policies, services and job openings.

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COHHO Teaches

COHHO hosts presentations, trainings and public forums to inform and empower administrators, staff, and program participants equally.

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COHHO Takes Action

COHHO raises questions, produces reports, recommends solutions, takes policy positions, and communicates with decision-makers.

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Member Statements

-COHHO is an important voice in the housing and homeless advocacy community in Washington DC because it brings advocates who are living or have lived the experience of homelessness together with professional advocates and service providers. This rare collaboration brings a stronger voice to COHHO’s advocacy work and provides a forum where those who are homeless can express freely the pressing issues they face on a daily basis and turn those issues into real advocacy. Without COHHO, many homeless men and women would not have a formal group to participate in advocacy in Washington, DC. - J.B.,Miriam's Kitchen

Over many years, SOME has volunteered staff time to COHHO because we consider it an effective group that advances the interests of our thousands of clients, guests and residents. We rely on COHHO to work on everything from shelter capacity to disaster planning. SOME staff and volunteers help facilitate COHHO meetings, serve on the Executive Board, and co-chair the Budget Advocacy Workgroup. - T.S., SOME, Inc. (So Others Might Eat)

-COHHO is an important voice in the housing and homeless advocacy community in Washington DC because it brings advocates who are living or have lived the experience of homelessness together with professional advocates and service providers. This rare collaboration brings a stronger voice to COHHO’s advocacy work and provides a forum where those who are homeless can express freely the pressing issues they face on a daily basis and turn those issues into real advocacy. Without COHHO, many homeless men and women would not have a formal group to participate in advocacy in Washington, DC. - J.B.,Miriam's Kitchen

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