30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS
(Extensions of Remarks - April 18, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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      30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

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                       HON. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON

                                of texas

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, April 18, 2013

  Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition 
of the National Coalition for the Homeless as they celebrate their 30th 
Anniversary this month. The National Coalition is a network of homeless 
individuals, advocates, and service providers who are dedicated to 
meeting the needs of our most vulnerable segments of the population: 
homeless individuals and families.
  The National Coalition was originally formed in 1982, in conjunction 
with various local and statewide homeless coalitions. Since the 
beginning, the National Coalition has worked tirelessly to increase 
access to safe, affordable, and adequate housing for any individual who 
so desires. While combating homelessness is a constant struggle, the 
National Coalition has fought diligently to facilitate a fundamental 
shift in our approach to addressing homelessness.
  Under the leadership of Mr. Neil Donovan, Executive Director, the 
National Coalition has grown to become a leading organization in the 
fight to end homelessness. Mr. Donovan has used his knowledge and 
expertise in serving homelessness individuals to expand the reach of 
the organization, in order to meet the growing needs of those 
experiencing homelessness. The National Coalition has also been a 
strong advocate for the Congressional Homelessness Caucus by supporting 
its work in Congress to educate and mobilize Members of Congress and 
their staff.
  Mr. Speaker, as co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional 
Homelessness Caucus, I am proud to honor the National Coalition for the 
Homeless for its worthy efforts to defend homeless individuals across 
the country. The National Coalition has made tremendous gains since its 
inception, and I truly believe in the goals that the National Coalition 
is trying to accomplish. I would like to congratulate the organization 
once again for achieving this historic milestone, and I look forward to 
maintaining our invaluable partnership.

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