Our mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence.
We recognize that poverty is a multifaceted problem that requires a multifaceted response. We respond by integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, and the hands-on work of thousands of volunteers. We provide food, shelter, and support services for homeless families. We provide advice and advocacy for at-risk families to prevent their becoming homeless. And we educate people about poverty and the means to combat it.
We accomplish our work through independent Affiliates in 41 states (and counting). We work community-by-community, guided by experts . . . the people who live there and know it best. At the heart of each Affiliate is an Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). The IHN marshals existing local resources to provide for homeless families as they work to get back on their feet. These resources include available congregational spaces, donated goods, and – most importantly – volunteers.
Today, we mobilize more than 160,000 volunteers from coast to coast in our commitment to building communities, strengthening lives.
Our Affiliates are nonsectarian. They welcome all clients. Their volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and represent nearly every faith in the United States.
Since our founding more than twenty years ago, we have served about 500,000 people, including tens of thousands of homeless families who found temporary homes at our Affiliates. Most of our clients are children.
Our proven approach has helped nearly 80 percent of clients secure housing.
Our Vision: a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future together.