Our 2017 policy priorities include:
For strategies about how to better advocate for issues that are important to you or your community, take a look at our Advocacy Tips for 2017!
At Central Outreach & Advocacy Center, we believe in working with individuals to address their unique barriers to overcoming homelessness. However, we also know that homelessness is bigger than individual people, circumstances, and choices. Over the years, we have come to understand the importance of addressing systemic issues—social attitudes, political policies, and community practices—that stigmatize homelessness and make it difficult to overcome it. Therefore, we added advocacy to both our organization’s mission and name in 2002.
While there are other local organizations that engage in advocacy, our approach is unique because it has developed out of our hands-on work with homeless men and women and continues to be directed by their experiences. Each year, we have thousands of one-on-one meetings with our guests as we offer services, job training, and support. These meetings are critical in determining the issues we need to advocate around and in empowering our guests to advocate for themselves.
OUR ADVOCACY PARTNERSHIP
In the fall of 2014, we entered into a partnership with Presbyterians for a Better Georgia (PBG) in order to further our shared commitment to faith-based service and advocacy.
Presbyterians for a Better Georgia is a coalition of PC(USA) churches that supports public policy to serve “the least of these.” Together, we hired experienced lobbyist and attorney Elizabeth Appley to raise the voices of our community at the state Capitol. Elizabeth has been a strong advocate on affordable housing, access to health care, economic justice, and protecting the rights of women and people with disabilities for 21 legislative sessions.
Our focus is to speak up for vulnerable populations in our community – low income individuals and families, people with disabilities, children, seniors, and those whose voices otherwise might not be heard. Each year, we will advocate for policies that will make Georgians safer, healthier and more secure.
HOW TO ADVOCATE
Are you new to advocacy and intimidated by the process? You’re not alone! That’s why we’ve put together this Beginner’s Advocacy Guide to get you started. Contacting your representatives about issues that matter to you is important, and we hope you’ll use and share this guide to encourage everyone to be active in the democratic process.