New Partnership with Community Health Vote
The National HCH Council is partnering with Community Health Vote to promote voter registration and engagement activities at HCH projects. The Community Health Vote website contains a Health Center Voter Registration Toolkit that can be downloaded as well as voter registration guides for all 50 states and answers to frequently asked questions about voter registration in the states. Additional tools such as text message alerts, assistance maintaining a database of interested staff and consumers and personalized TA are also available. Please use these resources and integrate voter registration into the day-to-day activities at your project. Please contact Dan Rabbitt for any questions about this effort.
You Don’t Need a Home to Vote!
An essential aspect of the National HCH Council’s mission is empowerment. Persons experiencing homelessness have been disempowered in many ways, including at the ballot box. It is consistent with our roles as service providers and advocates to encourage and facilitate voter registration, education, and engagement. It is entirely legal and in fact encouraged in law for nonprofits to register historically disenfanchised groups.
Voter registration has always been important, but has taken on a new urgency in many parts of the country. State legislatures have passed many new laws requiring further identification, proof of citizenship, and other requirements to exercise the vote. These new requirements may serve to further disenfranchise those we serve. Please use the widget on the left to obtain state and jurisdictional specific information about ballots, voting laws, polling places and more. Only through education and preparation can we ensure those without homes are able to exercise their right to vote.
Please view additional resources from the National HCH Council and other partner organizations below to learn more about staff and consumer-led voter registration efforts.
- National Health Care for the Homeless Council Voter Registration Webinar: You Don’t Need a Home to Vote!
- National Health Care for the Homeless Council Voter Registration and Engagement Slides
- National Health Care for the Homeless Council Voting Rights Slides
- National Coalition for the Homeless: 2012 Voter Registration Manual
- National Consumer Advisory Board: Enfranchising Homeless Clients
- Community Health Vote
- Nonprofit Vote
- Alliance for Justice