Raising awareness of homeless issues

Welcome to the Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness’s blog!

The Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness, also known as CACH, has recently started to build a social media presence within the past two weeks. With the start of using social media, CACH has launched a social media campaign to raise awareness of homelessness and its issues. CACH created a Facebook page two weeks ago and a Twitter account last week. In addition to this blog, CACH will also be creating a YouTube account in the following two weeks.

Goals of campaign

This campaign was launched to fulfill part of CACH’s mission of educating its community to help prevent and reduce homelessness in the Capital Region. This campaign was also launched because there have been several myths surrounding the real issue of homelessness. It is our goal to dispel these myths and help reduce misinformation about homelessness.

We are hoping this campaign will especially resonate with faith-based organizations, churches, shelters, social and human service providers, local non-profits and businesses, local and state governments, and university students. Other important groups include people who are homeless, near-homeless and formerly homeless, along with homeless veterans and homeless youth.

Each year, CACH hosts Project Homeless Connect, an event that targets the hardest-to-reach men, women, teens, and children who are homeless or living on the street. Pictured above are guests having lunch at last year's event.

Each year, CACH hosts Project Homeless Connect, an event that targets the hardest-to-reach men, women, teens, and children who are homeless or living on the street. Pictured above are guests having lunch at last year’s event.

What CACH plans to do

We will share stories and videos that highlight issues of homelessness, along with facts that dispel myths that have been created about homelessness. One common myth is that homeless people do not have jobs. According to CACH’s 2012 Point-In-Time Survey, 19.6% of our homeless population in Dauphin County is employed. We want to put a spotlight on various aspects of homelessness and share positive stories of those who are homeless or have been homeless.

How supporters can participate

Anyone who has an interest in CACH’s mission of helping prevent and reduce homelessness is invited to “Like” us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CapitalAreaCoalitiononHomelessness) or “Follow” us on Twitter (twitter.com/cach_pa). Feel free to subscribe to our blog as well. Please spread the word about us to your friends and family to help CACH gain more of a social media presence and help spread awareness, and help us out by sharing content that particularly interests you. We also want supporters to have meaningful conversations about homeless issues on our social media platforms, so please do not be afraid to share your thoughts and insights. We look forward to engaging more with our supporters on our social media platforms!

To learn more about CACH, visit www.cachpa.org. You can also check out our “Home Run” report from last year, which gives an update on CACH’s accomplishments to fulfill our 10-year plan to end long-term homelessness in the Capital Region: http://www.cachpa.org/HomeRun_RevisdCACHadopted_April2012_Final.pdf.

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