Advocacy: an act of advocating; espousal; support. 

Advocate: plead in favor of; defend in argument; support. One who pleads or espouses a cause. (Webster's Dictionary)




- Educate yourself on the issues of homelessness, housing and poverty.
- Advocate for adequate services for your community's homeless citizens.
- Advocate for adequate funding for social services that assist the homeless in your community. Ask your federal, state, city, and county governments to be supportive. Homelessness is everyone's problem.
- Be involved in the provision of enough affordable housing in your community. Without access to a safe and sanitary, and affordable place to live, many people who are homeless today will also be homeless tomorrow, in spite of whatever good work is being done by the service providers and the homeless themselves to work towards self-sufficiency. If there is no place to live which people can afford, then people will continue to be homeless.
- Fight NIMBY (not in my backyard) wherever it rears its ugly head. Services and affordable housing must be located someplace. Poor, low-income, and homeless people should not be discriminated against because some people do not want them to live in certain neighborhoods. We all have a right to live indoors, and we can't always choose our neighbors.

- Contribute your time and money to fight against homelessness in Oregon. Contact a shelter or other homeless services program in your community and ask them how you can help.


The Western Regional Advocacy Project was founded in 2005 by local social justice organizations across the West Coast to expose and eliminate the root causes of homelessness and poverty, empower communities to demand protection of civil and human rights, and advocate for restoring federal funding for affordable housing. Our members represent the diversity of experiences and faces of what is a growing human rights crisis in every community in the United States.


To read more about WRAP...


Oregon Homeless Bill of Rights -


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The Poor People’s Campaign:
A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.

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Karolle Hughes, MBA

Independent Nonprofit Consultant



Wayne Ellsworth

Outreach Coordinator

South River Community Health Center



Kenny Lowe

Housing & Choice Model Services Lead

Benton County Health Services

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Michael Rogers

Community Development Officer

First Interstate Bank

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