Homeless Voting

NEOCH believes that participation in the democratic process is critical for those struggling with their housing.  The Coalition has been involved in registration activities since 1987. Through litigation and organizing, we have worked for decades  to protect access to the ballot box for homeless people. We have worked with County officials to assure that homeless people have access to voting.  The Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services has made this a priority for the shelters.  Cleveland/Cuyahoga County is one of the only continuums in the United States that requires the submission of voting plans from every shelter. We commend the work the County has done in this regard, providing a model that should be replicated.

 

Why Is Voting Important?

A reason affordable housing is not a top priority is that families with incomes below $30,000 per year vote at less than 50% of the eligible voters.  The reason that we are debating more tax cuts for wealthy families is because those with incomes above $100,000 have a voting rate of nearly 80% of eligible voters. We do not mean to criticize populations that do and do not vote (as the US has a lengthy history of disenfranchising voters), but to emphasize that  every vote counts. 

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History of NEOCH's Organizing and Legal Advocacy

 

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