Policy Advocacy & Public Education

We engage in public education and advocacy year round to ensure smart public policies and robust funding for homeless and housing priorities at the local, state, and federal level. 

Public Education

Regardless of who we are or where we live, everyone deserves a safe place to call home and rest. Somewhere we can can tend to our health, connect with family, friends, and our greater community in order to reach our goals. In King County, over 40,000 people experience homelessness in a given year. Investments in quality shelter, housing, and services are proven solutions to homelessness. Laws that criminalize people for not having a safe place to sleep only make it harder for people to access the resources that will end homelessness. Learn more about local and national cases fighting back against the criminalizing being homeless.

Burien

  • Learn about Burien’s Ordinance 832, that makes it illegal for people to sleep outside or from using anything that could be a sign of “camping” such as bedding, cots, sleeping bags, tents or other temporary shelters, personal belongings storage, and cooking equipment use or storage.
  • Coalition on Homelessness Press Release about the lawsuit filed by Northwest Justice Project on behalf of the Coalition and three unhoused people living in Burien against the ordinance.

Grants Pass, Oregon

  • Learn more about the Grants Pass v. Gloria Johnson case from the National Homelessness Law Center. This case is being heard by the Supreme Court on April 22nd, 2024.
  • Grants Pass V. Johnson Advocacy Toolkit
  • In March 2024 the Coalition on Homelessness submitted an amicus brief to share our support for Gloria Johnson and others experiencing homelessness who are fighting against cities like Grants Pass, OR that punish people experiencing homelessness for living outside and protecting themselves from the elements.

National Organizations


Collaborative Advocacy

In partnership with the Seattle Human Services Coalition and the King County Alliance for Human Services, we identify key issues and organize to educate and influence City of Seattle and King County legislators to support funding for those priorities during local budget cycles.

During the Washington State Legislative session, we partner with the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance (our statewide sister organization) and the Statewide Poverty Action Network to identify priority issues, engage our members and the public on key budgeting decisions, educate legislators on the importance of adequate and stable funding for homelessness and housing services, and support legislation that will help communities across the state end the crisis of homelessness. Visit our Legislative Advocacy page for ways to speak up.