How NOAH is unique
NOAH is unlike other community organizations and non-profits currently serving the homeless population:
- We are all-volunteer with no overhead or paid staff.
- We are working to ease the burden on frontline homeless shelters and caregivers
- Our board and our membership includes previously homeless individuals, retired community members and pro-bono professionals who are committed to mitigating homelessness in our community.
- We are continually seeking new members and partner organizations who desire to be resources to homeless families and individuals.
- Our vision for housing previously homeless people includes stable, permanent workforce housing as well as their health, education and welfare. And this demands an integrated, community-wide, continually evolving system of collaborating partners.
As a community coalition, we are committed to the full development of those we are assisting. This includes their
- physical, mental and behavioral health,
- education for life-long learning,
- community integration and engagement,
- artistic and musical opportunities for self-expression and enjoyment,
- assistance with personal job and career choices, and
- walking alongside them as they achieve their personal goals and ambitions for themselves and their families.
The US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has established criteria and benchmarks to end youth and family homelessness that suggest a coordinated, community-wide, systemic approach. Along with our partners who currently serve those who are homeless, and with our partnerships with churches, colleges, universities, social service agencies, social clubs, artistic organizations and other groups in the community, we believe that we can make a significant contribution to mitigating homelessness.
We see this as a real substantive way to provide housing to folks who have incomes too low to provide for themselves in our current housing market. And sadly, a community with 1.25% of the residents living in shelters proves the need for NOAH.