Become a member
Join Us! Coalition membership is open to organizations and individuals working to secure safety, housing, and justice for people who are homeless.
Members of the Coalition on Homelessness support the work of the Coalition for safety, housing, and justice for people who are experiencing homelessness.
Our members’ direct knowledge and experiences inform the Coalition’s perspective and help set our priorities. Non-profit organizations, community groups, government agencies, and individuals are welcome to join, affirming a commitment to work collaboratively to ensure safety and survival for people who are homeless, and end the crisis of homelessness in our region. Founded in 1979, the Coalition on Homelessness is the oldest independent advocacy group addressing homelessness in the nation.
Members support the Coalition through active participation in our many activities and by paying membership dues. When we speak up together, we are powerful!
Members actively advance the Coalition’s work by:
- Planning and taking part in membership meetings, workgroups, and advocacy campaigns;
- Volunteering for special projects like Voter Registration & Engagement and Project Cool;
- Informing public policy discussions about homelessness with their real world experience and practical knowledge;
- Exchanging resources and information and developing skills at regular meetings, trainings, and special events.
We invite you to join the Coalition and work with us:
- Do you deal with the causes, circumstances, and consequences of homelessness through your work?
- Does your organization offer shelter, food, health care, housing, or other vital services in response to homeless people’s immediate needs, or work to expand access to affordable housing and services?
- Is your community group, congregation, or service organization focused on helping people who are homeless today, tonight, and tomorrow?
- Do you have personal experience of homelessness, housing instability, or work directly with people who are homeless?
- Do you want to learn how to influence the policy decisions that affect people who are homeless and poor in our community?
Coalition members, agencies and individuals learn and take action together:
- Members are a powerful united voice speaking up for the good public policies and robust public and private investments needed to make real the vision of ending homelessness in our community
- Members connect with other organizations and people doing the everyday and every night work of supporting survival and safety for people who are homeless, and creating affordable housing
- Members access top-notch educational opportunities, develop skills, and participate in special projects
- Members engage in policy advocacy, public education, and collective action to protect and strengthen the civil rights and circumstances of people who are homeless.
Coalition General Membership meetings take place each month on the 3rd Thursday, from 9:00-11:00 a.m..
We meet at Southside Commons in Columbia City (3518 S Edmunds St, Seattle, WA 98118).
Learn more about general membership meetings.
Coalition 2019 Membership
Organizational Membership Dues
Until this year, we asked members to self-assess and pay dues based on a sliding scale, which was only revised once in the past 12 years. In order to continue to serve our member organizations and sustain our work, we have updated our membership dues and invoicing model for 2019.
This year, all organizations are asked to pay dues equal to one-tenth of one percent of your organization’s operating budget (or, for multi-service organizations, of the portion of your budget devoted to housing/homelessness services). Our trainings will continue to be free to current members, and staff from non-member organizations are welcome to join for a fee.
Why are we making these changes? Over the last few years we have realized our member organizations need more support in fighting to end the crisis of homelessness in our region – more advocacy, more trainings and other professional development, more changing the dialogue on homelessness in our community. In response we have stepped up the benefits of membership in the Coalition, including additional training opportunities.
We know that very small, all-volunteer, and/or brand-new organizations may need to initially join at a reduced rate, and we welcome your membership. If you are unable to pay membership dues at the level required by our new dues scale or have other questions regarding dues, please contact the Coalition’s Operations Manager, Allyson Fredericksen, at allyson[at]homelessinfo[dot]org.Dues are based on your organization’s annual operating budget. Multi-service organizations may base dues off of the portion of their budget that goes toward housing and homelessness services.
Individual Membership Suggested Dues
Dues are sliding scale based on your ability to pay. We will work with you if you are unable to pay dues and wish to become a member.
|$10||Anyone with low income or who is homeless*|
*Please note: Financial hardship should not be a barrier to membership. We will arrange alternative dues if need be. Please contact us at (206) 204-8350 or membership[at]homelessinfo[dot]org.