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NEOCH Strategic Plan 2013 to 2016

Mission Statement:  To organize and empower homeless and at risk families and individuals with the goal of ending homelessness through public education, advocacy and the creation of nurturing, sustainable environments.

Our Values:


  1. NEOCH affirms the dignity of all people.
  2. All people have a right to safe, decent, affordable, accessible housing.
  3. Housing, food, health care and livable incomes are basic human rights.
  4. The criminalization of homelessness is morally, ethically and legally unacceptable.
  5. People experiencing homelessness must be actively engaged in leading the movement to end homelessness.
  6. We believe that amplifying the voice of those who have experienced homelessness can dispel myths and improves public policy.
  7. Public policy makers and elected leaders must be held accountable for systemic and structural issues related to homelessness, hunger, income inequality and health care disparity at the state, local and national level.
  8. We believe that attitudinal changes can create the political and moral will to end homelessness.
  9. Volunteers are keys to the success of our projects and objectives.
  10. NEOCH serves all those who are in danger of becoming homeless or those currently experiencing homelessness by working toward solutions that provide improvement in the community. 
  11. A diversity of voices representing all the subpopulations that make up the homeless population including social service providers, is important for building collaborations.

Strategic Objectives:

  1. To provide strong governance in order to remain relevant, vibrant and stable.
  2. To improve and expand the funding sources in order to sustain and expand current operations.
  3. To advocate at the local, state and federal level while mobilizing people experiencing homelessness to achieve improvement in the community by preventing homelessness, reducing the time a household is without housing and ending homelessness.
  4. To become the premier organization in the State of Ohio working to protect, preserve, and expand the civil rights of people experiencing homelessness.
  5. To provide a venue for activists, social service providers and homeless people to organize and mobilize groups to support the NEOCH policy agenda, improve community understanding of homelessness, and expand the safety net services to homeless people, particularly with respect to woman with young children.

We have passed a new Strategic Plan for 2017-2020 and then the Election of 2016 happened.  We have withdrawn the current plan and are re-evaluating how an advocacy/public policy group exists with a swamp that is being drained.